Global restrictions on religion: A 2010 summary


  • Brian J. Grim


Religious freedom, index, statistics, sociology, government restrictions on religion, social hostilities involving religion


This article summarizes key findings from the Global Restrictions on Religion report,1 a study released in December 2009 by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. The report covers 198 countries and territories, representing more than 99% of the world’s population for the two-year period of July 2006 through June 2008. It distinguishes government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion before combining them in a joint index.

Author Biography

Brian J. Grim

Brian J. Grim is a Senior Research Fellow at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, and a research affiliate with the Population Research Institute at Penn State University and with Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs. Prior to joining the Forum, he managed the international data initiative for the Association of Religion Data Archives housed at Penn State University. He has extensive overseas experience, having worked for 20 years as an educator, researcher, and development coordinator in China, the former USSR, Kazakhstan, Europe, Malta, and the Middle East.