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Global Restrictions on Religion Rise Modestly in 2015, Reversing Downward Trend


This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for the Global Religious Futures project comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation.

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals:

Primary Researcher

Katayoun Kishi, Research Associate                

Research Team

Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director, Research Samirah Majumdar, Research Analyst Juan Carlos Esparza Ochoa, Data Manager Becka A. Alper, Research Associate


Brenna R. Fawson, Simona Griffith, Zoe Jackson, Elise C. Pietro and Annie R. Werner

Editorial and Graphic Design

Michael Lipka, Senior Editor Aleksandra Sandstrom, Copy Editor Diana Yoo, Art Director Bill Webster, Information Graphics Designer                            

Communications and Web Publishing

Stacy Rosenberg, Senior Digital Manager Travis Mitchell, Digital Producer Anna Schiller, Communications Manager Stefan S. Cornibert, Communications Manager

Others at Pew Research Center who provided research guidance include Michael Dimock, James Bell and Claudia Deane.

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