The World's Religions in Figures: An Introduction to International Religious Demography

The World's Religions in Figures: An Introduction to International Religious Demography

Author(s): Todd M. Johnson, Brian J. Grim

Published Online: 26 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780470674543

Online ISBN: 9781118555767

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555767

About this Book

Created by two of the field's leading experts, this unique introduction to international religious demography outlines the challenges in interpreting data on religious adherence, and presents a contemporary portrait of global religious belief.

  • Offers the first comprehensive overview of the field of international religious demography - detailing what we know about religious adherents around the world, and how we know it
  • Examines religious freedom and diversity, including agnostics and atheists, on a global scale, highlighting trends over the past 100 years and projecting estimates for the year 2050
  • Outlines the issues and challenges related to definitions, taxonomies, sources, analyses, and other techniques in interpreting data on religious adherence
  • Considers data from religious communities, censuses, surveys, and scholarly research, along with several in-depth case studies on the global Muslim population, religion in China, and the religious demography of recently created Sudan and South Sudan
  • Argues against the belief that the twentieth-century was a 'secular' period by putting forward new evidence to the contrary
  • Provides resources for measuring both qualitatively and quantitatively important data on the world's religious situation in the twenty-first century

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Overview

  2. Part II: Data and Methods

  3. Part III: Case Studies

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