ReligionSeptember 12, 2016

Many countries allow child marriage

Almost all of the world’s nations have laws specifying at which age a couple can marry, and in most of these countries, those under the age of 18 are allowed to wed.

ReligionJuly 29, 2016

Which countries still outlaw apostasy and blasphemy?

Apostasy and blasphemy may seem to many like artifacts of history. But in dozens of countries around the world, laws against apostasy and blasphemy remain on the books and often are enforced.

ReligionJuly 7, 2016

6 facts about religious hostilities in the Middle East and North Africa

In 2014, the median level of religious hostilities in the Middle East and North Africa reached a level four times that of the global median.

ReligionJune 28, 2016

Religious restrictions among the world’s most populous countries

Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey had some of the highest levels of religious restrictions in 2014.

GlobalApril 27, 2016

Israeli Arabs more optimistic about two-state solution than Arabs living in the Palestinian territories

While significant shares of Israeli Arabs and Jews are optimistic about the prospect of a two-state solution, those who would live in this new independent state – the Arabs currently in the Palestinian territories – are less optimistic about it.

ReligionApril 20, 2016

What different styles of head coverings say about Israeli Jewish men

They come in several basic styles, with some more favored by particular Jewish subgroups than others.

ReligionMarch 30, 2016

Israeli Jews from the former Soviet Union are more secular, less religiously observant

After the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Israel’s largest wave of Jewish immigrants arrived from Russia and other former Soviet republics. These Soviet Jews brought a secular mindset to Israel, and more than two decades later, Jews who were born in the former Soviet Union continue to be noticeably less religious than Israeli Jews overall.

ReligionMarch 21, 2016

5 facts about Israeli Druze, a unique religious and ethnic group

Israeli Druze make up roughly 2% of the country’s population and live mostly in the northern regions of the Galilee, Carmel and the Golan Heights. Their tradition dates back to the 11th century and incorporates elements of Islam, Hinduism and even classical Greek philosophy.

GlobalDecember 23, 2015

Americans are in the middle of the pack globally when it comes to importance of religion

Americans place less importance on religion in their lives than do people in a number of countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia — but more than residents of many other Western and European countries.

GlobalOctober 6, 2015

How abortion is regulated around the world

The regulation of abortion may vary widely from country to country, but nearly all nations – 96% – allow women to terminate their pregnancies in order to save their lives.