Arabs are losing their religion in backlash against Islamists

A large number of Arabs have abandoned religious belief in the past six years, according to a poll demonstrating that the political turmoil and war have had clear social effects.

The loss of faith, albeit from a high level before, was particularly marked in the young.

Researchers from the Arab Barometer asked the residents of ten countries and the Palestinian territories whether they identified as “non-religious”. The number who agreed rose from 8 per cent in 2012-13 to 13 per cent, and 18 per cent among those under the 30. There was also a loss of trust in religious leaders and political parties.

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