Humanities Issues Adult Illiteracy Rates (15 Years & Over) in the Middle East Share Flipboard Email Print Issues Middle East Basics & History U.S. Policy U.S. Government U.S. Foreign Policy U.S. Liberal Politics U.S. Conservative Politics Women's Issues Civil Liberties Terrorism Race Relations Immigration Journalism Crime & Punishment Animal Rights Canadian Government View More by Pierre Tristam Pierre Tristam is an award-winning writer who covers Middle East, foreign affairs, immigration, and civil liberties. He has been writing for more than 20 years. Updated March 06, 2017 Some 774 million adults worldwide (age 15 and over) can't read, according to the Global Campaign for Education. Here's how the Middle East countries' illiteracy rates rank. Middle East Illiteracy Rates Rank Country Illiteracy rate (%) 1 Afghanistan 72 2 Pakistan 50 3 Mauritania 49 4 Morocco 48 5 Yemen 46 6 Sudan 39 7 Djibouti 32 8 Algeria 30 9 Iraq 26 10 Tunisia 25.7 11 Egypt 28 12 Comoros 25 13 Syria 19 14 Oman 18 15 Iran 17.6 16 Saudi Arabia 17.1 17 Libya 16 18 Bahrain 13 19 Turkey 12.6 20 Lebanon 12 21 U.A.E. 11.3 22 Qatar 11 23 Jordan 9 24 Palestine 8 25 Kuwait 7 26 Cyprus 3.2 27 Israel 3 28 Azerbaijan 1.2 29 Armenia 1 Sources: United Nations, 2009 World Almanac, The Economist Continue Reading Does the Middle East Really Have the Biggest Oil Reserves? The Middle East: Geography, History, Politics The Arab World and the Middle East Facts and Figures on Christians of the Middle East Current Situation in the Middle East 10 Indispensable Books on the Middle East Leaders of the Middle East: A Photo Gallery Middle East Basics - Quick Guide to Basic Facts and Issues in the Middle East What Countries in the Middle East Have Nuclear Weapons? A Survey of Websites Dedicated to the Digital Preservation of Old Maps Architecture in Iraq - What Soldiers Saw 5 Ways the Iraq War Impacted the Middle East Learn About the Middle East Through Architecture U.S. Policy in the Middle East: 1945 to 2008 When Countries Around the World Celebrate Their Independence How Did the Crusades Change the Middle East?