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MIDDLE EASTERN VALUES STUDY

gathers, analyzes and disseminates data on the ideological and attitudinal characteristics of people in the Islamic nations of the world.

These datasets allow cross-national and trend analysis of values.

Countries coverered to date include: Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen. MORE . . .

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Moaddel finds evidence of changing attitudes among Saudis in the last decade

Using newly collected survey data in Saudi Arabia, this recent article by Mansoor Moaddel and Julie de Jong documents an increasing desire for individualist values, democracy, gender equality, less intrusion in daily life by religious authorities, and a wider recognition of national rather than religious identity among Saudis today. On some of these measures, the changes in values are more remarkable among Saudi youth than among their elders.

Religion, Culture, Politics, and Society

This project examines the values and attitudes of young Egyptians and Saudis in four areas: epistemic authorities, developmental idealism, modern social issues, and religiosity.

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% Reporting love as most important basis for marriageLove as the Basis for Marriage: Findings from Comparative Study in the Middle East

In your view, which of the following is the more important basis for marriage: parental approval or love?

% Supporting government implementing people's wishes vs. the shari'aSecular Politics: Findings from Comparative Study in the Middle East

Which of the following two statements comes closest to the way you feel: A good government implements only the law of the shari’a OR A good government makes laws according to the people’s wishes?

Iraqi Flags in CrowdBeyond Sectarianism in Iraq

This piece by Mansoor Moaddel, Julie de Jong, and Munqith Dagher looks at recent shifts in Iraqi attitudes away from secularism and toward nationalism.

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