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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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Is Iraq Falling Apart?

Several nationally representative surveys carried out in Iraq between 2004 and 2013 provide important facts about Iraqi orientations toward secular politics, basis of identity, Americans, and Iranians. These facts have serious implications for the territorial integrity of Iraq, support for an Islamic government, and the U.S. policy toward the country.

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.

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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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