ReligionApril 5, 2016

Restrictions on Women’s Religious Attire

Many countries have laws that ban or limit women from wearing religious attire in public places. By comparison, far fewer countries require women to wear particular types of attire for religious reasons.

ReligionApril 4, 2016

Religious groups in Israel keep to themselves when it comes to marriages and friendships

When it comes to marriage, Israelis rarely cross religious lines.

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 24, 2016

A religious gender gap for Christians, but not for Muslims

While Christian women are on the whole more religious than Christian men, Muslim women and Muslim men have similar levels of religious commitment. And when it comes to attendance at worship services, Muslim men are more active than Muslim women.

ReligionMarch 23, 2016

Q&A: Why are women generally more religious than men?

A discussion with David Voas of the Department of Social Science at University College London on the gender gap in religion around the world.

ReligionMarch 22, 2016

The Gender Gap in Religion Around the World

History’s most influential religious leaders – among them Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Siddhartha Gautama – are usually male. Yet women today are generally more religious than men, particularly among Christians.

ReligionMarch 22, 2016

Women generally are more religious than men, but not everywhere

Generally, women are more likely than men to be affiliated with a religious organization; women also pray more, and are more inclined to say religion is “very important” in their lives.

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.

ReligionMarch 15, 2016

Unlike U.S., few Jews in Israel identify as Reform or Conservative

The two largest organized Jewish denominations in America – Reform and Conservative Judaism – together have about five times as many U.S. members as the historically much older, more strictly observant Orthodox community. But the Reform and Conservative movements have a far smaller footprint in Israel.

ReligionMarch 8, 2016

Israel’s Religiously Divided Society

There are deep divisions in Israeli society over political values and religion’s role in public life — not only between Jews and the Arab minority, but also among the religious subgroups that make up Israeli Jewry.