Washington, D.C. — In a 12:00 p.m. EDT conference call for journalists on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, the Pew Research Center will discuss the findings of its new study, “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society.” This comprehensive report examines the views of Muslims around the world on Islamic law (sharia), religion and politics, morality and the family, women in society, relations among Muslims, interfaith relations, and science and popular culture. The report also provides comparisons of Muslims worldwide with U.S. Muslims.


Jemila Woodson and Liga Plaveniece
Communications Associates

“The World’s Muslims” is based on more than 38,000 face-to-face interviews conducted in more than 80 languages with self-identifying Muslims in 39 countries and territories. The survey was conducted in two waves. Fifteen sub-Saharan African countries with substantial Muslim populations were surveyed in 2008-2009, and some of those results were previously analyzed in the Pew Research Center’s 2010 report “Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa.” An additional 24 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe were surveyed in 2011-2012; results regarding religious beliefs and practices were first published in the Pew Research Center’s 2012 report “The World’s Muslims: Unity and Diversity.” The new report, focusing primarily on Muslims’ social and political attitudes, incorporates findings from both waves of the survey. It is part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, an effort funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation to analyze religious change and its impact on societies around the world.

Telephone News Conference  

Luis Lugo, Director, Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life
Jim Bell, Director of International Survey Research, Pew Research Center
Amaney Jamal, Associate Professor of Politics, Princeton University, and special adviser to the Pew Research Center
Farid Senzai, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Please send your full name, title, the name of your publication or organization, where you are based and your contact information to Liga Plaveniece or Jemila Woodson at communications@pewresearch.org/religion to reserve your place.

An online version of “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society” will be made available to the public at pewresearch.org/religion at 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 30.


The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life conducts surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research on important aspects of religion and public life in the U.S. and around the world. As part of the Washington-based Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan, non-advocacy organization, the Pew Forum does not take positions on policy debates or any of the issues it covers. 

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