ReligionFebruary 26, 2015

Q/A: How Pew Research measures global restrictions on religion

We sat down with researcher Peter Henne to learn more about the complex process of measuring global religious restrictions.

ReligionJanuary 9, 2015

5 facts about Catholicism in the Philippines

Next weekend, Pope Francis will make his first visit to the home of Asia’s largest Catholic population, the Philippines. The pontiff, who also will be making a stop in Sri Lanka, is very popular in the Philippines and should expect an enthusiastic welcome during his five-day visit. The Philippines’ Catholic majority has its origins in […]

ReligionAugust 12, 2014

Iraqi Yazidis: Hazy population numbers and a history of persecution

The Yazidis who have been fleeing the advance of the Sunni militant group ISIS in Iraq are a religious group of uncertain numbers and a long history of persecution.

ReligionJuly 22, 2014

In 30 countries, heads of state must belong to a certain religion

A new Pew Research analysis finds that 30 of the world’s countries (15%) belong to a unique group of nations that call for their heads of state to have a particular religious affiliation.

ReligionJuly 10, 2014

A look at the damage governments inflict on religious property

Though religious property damage by governments were most common in the Middle East-North Africa region, instances have occured in every region of the world.

ReligionJune 20, 2014

As FIFA attempts to curb racism at the World Cup, a look at hate speech laws worldwide

Hate-speech laws exist in 89 countries around the world (45%). In some countries, the laws protect only certain religious or social groups, while others have broader laws, covering words or actions that insult, denigrate or intimidate a person or group based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity or other traits.

ReligionMay 28, 2014

Which countries still outlaw apostasy and blasphemy?

In dozens of countries around the world, laws against apostasy and blasphemy remain even today.

ReligionMay 2, 2014

How religious harassment varies by region across the globe

Here’s a region-by-region look at where religious harassment takes place, and to which groups.

ReligionMarch 19, 2014

Religious police found in nearly one-in-ten countries worldwide

As of 2012, at least 17 nations have police that enforce religious norms. Religion police forces are most common in the Middle East and North Africa, and are also found in the Asia-Pacific and in sub-Saharan Africa.

ReligionJanuary 14, 2014

Religious Hostilities Reach Six-Year High

Religious hostilities increased in every major region of the world except the Americas. The sharpest increase was in the Middle East and North Africa, a region still feeling the effects of the Arab Spring. And China edged into the “high” category for the first time.