Research: Arab Spring Adds to Global Restrictions on Religion

At the onset of the Arab Spring in late 2010 and early 2011, many world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, expressed hope that the political uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa would lead to greater freedoms for the people of the region, including fewer restrictions on religious beliefs and practices. But a new study by the Pew Research Center finds that the region’s already high overall level of restrictions on religion – whether resulting from government policies or from social hostilities – continued to increase in 2011.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has released a series of reports looking at “the extent to which governments and societies around the world impinge on religious beliefs and practices.”

Find the full report, summary and infographic from the report here.

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