The World's Religions in Figures: An Introduction to International Religious Demography, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118323033
  • ISBN-13: 9781118323038
  • DDC: 200.2
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released March 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The Worlds Religions in Figures is the first comprehensive introduction to the field of international religious demography. The authors breadth of experience with methods and data and their detailed knowledge of global patterns of religious affiliation are extensive. This volume, together with their considerable expertise, presents a contemporary portrait of both the religious and non-religious around the world.  By examining religious freedom and religious diversity on a global scale, it highlights trends over the past 100 years and projects estimates for 2050. The book outlines the issues and challenges related to definitions, taxonomies, sources, analyses, and other techniques in interpreting data on religious adherence. Special attention is given to data from religious communities, censuses, surveys, and scholarly monographs. Several in-depth case studies are also presented, relating to the demography of the global Muslim population, religion in China, and the religious demography of recently created Sudan and South Sudan. The result is a crucial volume that provides resources for measuring both qualitatively and quantitatively one of the most important political and social factors in the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Brief Contents.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
1: Overview.
2: Global Religious Populations, 1910–2010.
3: Regional Religious Populations, 1910–2010.
4: Religious Diversity.
5: Projecting Religious Populations, 2010–50.
6: Data and Methods.
7: Defining Religion and Religious Identity.
8: Religious Demography as an Emerging Discipline.
9: Major Sources and Collections of Data.
10: Analyzing Data on Religion.
11: Dynamics of Change in Religious Populations.
12: Case Studies.
13: Estimating Changes in the Global Muslim Population.
14: Factors Driving Change in the Global Muslim Population.
15: Estimating China's Religious Populations.
16: Assessing Religious Populations in the Sudans.
17: Migration and Religious Diasporas.
World Religions by Country.