Yearbook of International Religious Demography 2017


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.

The 2017 volume features a wide range of subjects, including religious demography in Botswana, Protestantism in Guatemala, life satisfaction in Japan, fertility rates in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the movement of Muslims from the Middle East to Europe.

Contributors are: Todd M. Johnson, Gina Zurlo, Peter Crossing, Muhammad Haron, Rachel M. McCleary, Robert J. Barro, Kimiko Tanaka, Jeong-Hwa Ho, Nan E. Johnson, Antonius Liedhegener, Anastas Odermatt, Michaela Potančoková, Marcin Stonawski, Anna Krysińska, Anaïs Simard-Gendron, Simona Bignami, Robert Dixon, Juan Carlos Esparza Ochoa, and Maria Concepción Servín Nieto.

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Brian J. Grim, Ph.D. (2005), Pennsylvania State University, is President of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, an affiliated scholar at Georgetown and Boston Universities, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s council on the role of faith.

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 co-editor of the Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh, 2009).

Vegard Skirbekk, Ph.D. (2005), Rostock University, is a professor at Columbia University. 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.
"The credentials of this volume’s editors and authors are impeccable and the tabulated statistics are comprehensive and detailed (...) This is an excellent and exhaustive survey and a worthy reference book for a generation of scholars and religionists in general." - Anthony J. Gittins, in: Missiology: An International Review Volume 47.1 (2019)

Preface to the annual series
List of illustrations
Editors and contributors

Part I - Religious demographic data
Chapter 1: The world by religion
Todd M. Johnson, Gina A. Zurlo, and Peter F. Crossing

Chapter 2: Religions by continent
Todd M. Johnson, Gina A. Zurlo, and Peter F. Crossing

Part II - Case studies and methodology

Chapter 3: Botswana’s Religious Demographics: A Comparative Insight into its BC 2001 and BC 2011 Censuses
Muhammad Haron

Chapter 4: Measuring the Presence of Protestants in Guatemala, 1882–2010
Rachel M. McCleary and Robert J. Barro

Chapter 5: Linking Religiosity to Life Satisfaction in Japan and the United States
Kimiko Tanaka, Jeong-Hwa Ho, and Nan E. Johnson

Chapter 6: Religious Affiliation and Religious Plurality in Europe: Introducing a New Approach of Estimating Country Data Based on Metadatabase-Comparison
Antonius Liedhegener and Anastas Odermatt

Chapter 7: How Many More Muslims? The Effect of Increased Numbers of Asylum Seekers on the Size of Muslim Populations in European Countries
Michaela Potančoková, Marcin Stonawski, Anna Krysińska

Chapter 8: God or the State? The Role of Religiosity and Nationalism to Explain Fertility Differentials in Israel and the Jewish Settlements of the West Bank and Gaza Strip
Anaïs Simard-Gendron and Simona Bignami

Chapter 9: The Demography of Australia’s Catholics: Method and Application
Robert Dixon

Part III - Data sources
Chapter 10: Data Sources
Juan Carlos Esparza Ochoa and María Concepción Servín Nieto

World religions by country
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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