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Globally, Government Restrictions on Religion Reached Peak Levels in 2021, While Social Hostilities Went Down


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 (grant 62287).

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

Primary Researcher

Samirah Majumdar, Research Associate     

Research Team

Sarah Crawford, Research Assistant
Alan Cooperman, Director, Religion Research        
Anne Fengyan Shi, Senior Researcher


Aniya Akhtar, Sarah Akins, Daniel Jacobi, Shagun Patel, Nia C. Williams and August D. Wilson

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Research intern Daniel Jacobi provided valuable assistance with fact checking and number checking.

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