ReligionNovember 7, 2018

In 2016, emergency laws restricted religious freedoms of Muslims more than other groups

In 2016, seven nations – Turkey, Brunei, Ethiopia, France, Hungary, Niger and Tunisia – directly used emergency laws to restrict religion, according to Pew Research Center’s latest annual religious restrictions study. While a number of different religious groups were targeted, these laws imposed restrictions on Muslims more than any other group.

ReligionOctober 11, 2018

Recent Chinese dealings with faith groups reflect a pattern of government restrictions on religion

While the Chinese government asserts that it protects religious freedom, a series of annual Pew Research Center reports on religious restrictions around the globe have detailed government efforts aimed at maintaining strict control over religious beliefs and practices in the country. Two recent events have brought this into focus: China’s agreement with the Vatican on […]

ReligionSeptember 17, 2018

Most Western Europeans favor at least some restrictions on Muslim women’s religious clothing

Laws enacted in several European countries that restrict the religious clothing of Muslim women are largely in line with Western European attitudes on the issue.

Pew Research CenterJune 29, 2018

5 facts about religion in India

India is home to 1.4 billion people – almost one-sixth of the world’s population – who belong to a variety of ethnicities and religions. While 94% of the world’s Hindus live in India, there also are substantial populations of Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and adherents of folk religions. Here are five facts about religion in India.

Pew Research CenterJune 21, 2018

Key findings on the global rise in religious restrictions

Restrictions on religion continued to climb in 2016 around the world, the second year in a row of increases.

ReligionJune 21, 2018

Global Uptick in Government Restrictions on Religion in 2016

Restrictions on religion increased in 2016 for the second straight year. Nationalist parties and organizations played an increasing role in harassment of religious minorities, especially in Europe.

Pew Research CenterOctober 9, 2017

Malala’s 2012 shooting came at time of high social hostilities in Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai’s shooting came at a time when social hostilities involving religion were at a high point, both globally and in Pakistan.

ReligionOctober 3, 2017

Key facts about government-favored religion around the world

Today, more than 80 countries either have an official religion or favor one or more religious groups over others.

ReligionOctober 3, 2017

Many Countries Favor Specific Religions, Officially or Unofficially

Islam is the most common state religion, but many governments give privileges to Christianity.

ReligionJune 9, 2017

Christians faced widespread harassment in 2015, but mostly in Christian-majority countries

Christians were harassed by governments or social groups in a total of 128 countries in 2015 – more countries than any other religious group.