Restrictions on Religion in the World

Brian J. Grim

in The Future of Religious Freedom

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199930890
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980581 | DOI:
Restrictions on Religion in the World

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Based on an innovative measurement system, this chapter presents a summary of global restrictions of religion, their patterns and significance. It provides graphic summaries of the status of these restrictions, which show that some 70% of the world's population live in nations with high restrictions on religion, either from government policy or social hostilities. The chapter then applies statistical analyses to demonstrate that religious freedom is a correlate of democracy, civil liberties, economic development, women's status, and civil peace. It presents a model that explains how restrictions on religion produce cycles of societal repression, violent persecution, and further government restrictions, while regimes that protect religious freedom and treat all faiths equally produce positive cycles of civil peace and inter-religious amity.

Keywords: restrictions on religion; religious persecution; measuring restrictions; religious violence cycle; value of religious freedom; religion and democracy; correlations; terrorism; government restrictions on religion; religious minorities

Chapter.  5247 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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