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The MIDDLE EASTERN VALUES STUDY (MEVS)  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 covered to date include: Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen. MORE . . .

Love 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?

Secular 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?

Beyond 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.

Findings

Increasing tolerance and decreasing extremism in Tunisia

The second wave of a panel survey, reveals significant shifts between 2013 and 2015 in how Tunisians view the role of religion in politics, religious tolerance, political violence, Western political models, and their own national identity.

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.