ReligionApril 30, 2013

The World’s Muslims

A new global survey of Muslims shows they are deeply committed to their faith and want its teachings to shape not only their personal lives but also their societies and politics.

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ReligionApril 30, 2013

Infographic: The World’s Muslims

Highlights from the report “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society”

ReligionApril 30, 2013

The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society

A new survey report looks at attitudes among Muslims in 39 countries on a wide range of topics, from science to sharia, polygamy to popular culture. The survey finds that overwhelming percentages of Muslims in many countries want Islamic law to be the official law of their land, but there is also widespread support for democracy and religious freedom.

ReligionMarch 6, 2013

Views of the Catholic Church’s Problems and Contributions

U.S. Catholics see sex abuse as the church’s most important problem and charity as its most important contribution.

ReligionFebruary 13, 2013

The Shifting Global Catholic Population

Catholics have made up a remarkably stable share of the global population over the past century, but their geographic distribution has shifted significantly during that time.

ReligionFebruary 11, 2013

Pew Research Resources on Pope Benedict XVI

The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life has a variety of resources on Catholicism and Pope Benedict XVI, including public opinion polls, research studies, event transcripts and interviews.

ReligionFebruary 1, 2013

The Contraception Mandate and Religious Liberty

On Feb. 1, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed new rules that would exempt certain religious organizations from a new mandate to offer free contraception services to women employees.

ReligionJanuary 15, 2013

As More Countries Regulate Wearing of Religious Symbols, European Court Decides Two UK Cases

The European Court of Human Rights today announced decisions on several high profile religious freedom cases involving the wearing of religious symbols. A recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life found that regulation of religious attire has increased around the world.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 14, 2013

As Religious Restrictions Rise, European Court To Decide Cases Involving Religious Symbols

On Tuesday (January 15), the European Court of Human Rights is scheduled to announce decisions on several high profile religious freedom cases involving the United Kingdom. Two complaints claim British law inadequately protects employees’ right to display symbols of their religion in the workplace. The cases involve a British Airways employee and a nurse in […]

GlobalDecember 20, 2012

Slideshow: World Trends in 2012

The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project conducted public opinion surveys in 21 countries in over 30 languages in 2012. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life also conducted major studies on public opinion, demography and restrictions on religion around the world. Here are our top findings from 2012.