Yearbook of International Religious Demography 2014


The Yearbook of International Religious Demography presents an annual snapshot of the state of religious statistics around the world. Every year large amounts of data are collected through censuses, surveys, polls, religious communities, scholars, and a host of other sources. These data are collated and analyzed by research centers and scholars around the world. Large amounts of data appear in analyzed form in the World Religion Database (Brill), aiming at a researcher’s audience. The Yearbook presents data in sets of tables and scholarly articles spanning social science, demography, history, and geography. Each issue offers findings, sources, methods, and implications surrounding international religious demography. Each year an assessment is made of new data made available since the previous issue of the yearbook.

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Pages: 177–194
Brian J. Grim, Ph.D. (2005), Pennsylvania State University, is President of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation. He was previously Director of Cross-National Data and Senior Researcher in religion and world affairs at the Pew Research Center’s religion & public life project.

Todd M. Johnson, Ph.D. (1993), William Carey International University, is Associate Professor of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford, 2001) and of the Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh, 2009).

Vegard Skirbekk, Ph.D. (2005), Rostock University, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), is head of the Age and Cohort Change Project, Professor at Jacobs University, and Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. His research is on religious fertility differentials and the global distribution and future of religion.

Gina A. Zurlo (Ph.D. candidate), Boston University, is a Research Associate at Boston University’s Institute of Culture, Religion and World Affairs and Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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Editors and Contributors

Part 1
The World by Religion

Chapter 1. The World by Religion.

Part 2
Religions by Region

Chapter 2. Religions by Region.

Part 3
Case Studies and Methods.

Chapter 3. "Measuring Jewish Populations." Sergio DellaPergola

Chapter 4. "Correlates of Religion and Childbearing Behavior in Nigeria." Onipede Wusu

Chapter 5. "What Made Jews a Demographic Avant-Garde in Modern Europe?" Jana Vobecká

Chapter 6. "The Size and Demographic Structure of Religions in Europe." Marcin Stonawski, Vegard Skirbekk, Conrad Hackett, Michaela Potančoková, and Brian Grim

Chapter 7. "Integrity and the Counting of Christians in Thailand." Dwight Martin

Chapter 8. "Fertility Trends by Religion in Mongolia." Thomas Spoorenberg

Chapter 9. "Residential Patterns by Religion and Ethnicity in Vienna." Markus Speringer and Ramon Bauer

Chapter 10. "Methodology of the Pew Research Global Religious Landscape Study." Conrad Hackett, Brian Grim, Marcin Stonawski, Vegard Skirbekk, Noble Kuriakose, and Michaela Potančoková

Part 4
Data Sources

Chapter 11. "Data Sources." Noble Kuriakose

The Yearbook is a reference book primarily aimed at scholars, government officials, journalists, and others who are interested in the numbers and analysis of religious adherents around the world.
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