Pew Research Center Resources on Egypt
Several Pew Research Center reports may help provide some perspective on the current political turmoil in Egypt.
The Pew Forum's recent demographic study, The Future of the Global Muslim Population, finds that there are an estimated 80 million Muslims in Egypt today, making up 94.7% of Egypt's population. The report projects that Egypt's Muslim population will rise to roughly 105 million by 2030, but the percent of the population that is Muslim is expected to remain the same. Go to the report »
A 2009 Pew Forum report on restrictions on religion around the world found that Egypt is among the countries with the highest government restrictions on religion. Go to the report »
In a survey conducted last spring, the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project found that a majority of Egyptian Muslims said that democracy was preferable to any other kind of government. An overwhelming majority also viewed Islam's influence in politics as positive. Go to the survey report »
Feb. 3, 2011 - CNN
Obama delivers major speech on personal faith
CNN's Belief Blog reports that President Obama delivered a speech about his personal faith at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. The blog posting cites a Pew Forum survey that found that nearly one-in-five Americans say they believe Obama is a Muslim.
Feb. 2, 2011 - The Washington Post
Egypt's uprising stirs fears of persecution in minority Coptic Christians
A Washington Post article on the impact a new Egyptian government could have on the country's minority Coptic Christians cites the Pew Forum's 2009 Global Restrictions on Religion report. The study found that a number of the world's countries with the highest restrictions on religion are Muslim-majority, including Egypt, Iran, Indonesia and Pakistan.
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