You might remember how in 2019 the Western media was ecstatic because an Arab Barometer survey found that Arabs, apparently, were getting less religious.
A research project commissioned by the BBC Arabic division and conducted at the Princeton University, it was a large-scale study of some 25,000 individuals across many of the largest Arab countries.
Respondents were asked questions on different matters, such as family life, politics and religion.
The BBC cheerfully titled their article on the results: “Are Arabs turning their backs on religion?”
Since 2013, the number of people across the region identifying as “not religious” has risen from 8% to 13%. The rise is greatest in the under 30s, among whom 18% identify as not religious, according to the research. Only Yemen saw a fall in the category.
Other Western media outlets were as excited: The Guardian wrote: “Arab world turns its back on religion.” The Times wrote: “Arabs are losing their religion in backlash against Islamists.”
Liberals Westerners and apostates were overjoyed. Finally, our imposition of societal liberalism on the Arab world is bearing fruits! Finally, the Muslim family system will implode, LGBTQIA2S+ will spread, and the liberal ideal will be realized in this last holdout known as the Muslim world!
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Even back then, many “analysts” advised caution with the conclusions, such as Shadi Hamid or even Michael Robbins, director of the Arab Barometer, who said in 2020:
It is worth noting that only a minority of citizens in any country across the region describe themselves as not religious. Overall, the region remains overwhelmingly religious and will be so for years to come based on current trends.
But the Arab Barometer does such surveys regularly, and its “Wave VI,” released in 2021, is bad news for liberal secularists.
We will look at the following countries: Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, as that’s the data available (as of now), but obviously you can generalize the trends to the wider Arab world (as they did in the 2018 survey, which did not include a nation as significant as Saudi Arabia).
This is what the “Wave V” found in 2018, i.e., the results which titillated and excited the whole liberal world:
Now, contrast it with “Wave VI” from 2021:
We see the following: apart from Lebanon, in every other country the “religious” category saw a huge upsurge, nearly doubling in Morocco and nearly tripling in Algeria, eating numbers from the “somewhat religious” and “not religious” categories in the process.
Also, as for Lebanon, the outlier, if you dig into the statistics, religiosity indeed went down, but it’s due to the secularized Christians. So Christian missionaries, who were happy to see “Islam die” in 2018, really have nothing to rejoice about with these latest numbers.
You can see the raw data for yourself by clicking here.
So, in conclusion, if anything, Arabs are getting more committed to Islam, al-hamduliLlah.
It will surely make all the liberals — whether atheist, Christian, or apostate — quite sad to know that they won’t be seeing drag kids and drag sermons in mosques in the Muslim world anytime soon.
Is this the real reason why the Western media hasn’t reported these most recent statistics, like they did with such enthusiasm and glee back in 2019?
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