Among other things, theres a great deal of economic need. In situations like this people look to supernatural means to solve basic problems.
For many, religion provides both an explanation for their plight notions of sin and punishment as well as solace and agency.
Why would young people say faith was their most important value, but fail to esteem integrity? It suggests faith may be more of a kind of ‘insurance’, rather than a code for moral and ethical living.
If Muslims in African countries where they form significant populations had to adopt sharia law, where are they most likely to go for it?
In Somalia, Mauritania, Algeria and Morocco, Muslims make up 99-100% of the population; in Congo Rep., South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, they are less than 2%, and split almost evenly in at least six other countries.
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