Khalil Shikaki, a member of the Steering Committee of the Arab Barometer Institute, who conducted the BBC survey, which showed a significant decline in the number of religious people in Arab countries, asked about the role of atrocities and the rise of political Islam in terrorist movements like the Muslim Brotherhood. "It is true that there has been an increase in the proportion of" non-religious "and a decline in the percentage of" religious "in the Arab world in the last five years, as we find in Arab Barometer surveys, but this is not true in Ka Of the countries Arabs.
For example, there is indeed a decline in religiosity in countries like Tunisia, Sudan, Libya, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, but there are countries where religiosity has increased, such as Iraq and Yemen.
"Although there has been a slight increase in the proportion of" non-religious "in some countries, such as Algeria, Egypt and Morocco, the proportion of religiousness in these countries remained constant or unchanged, ie the high proportion of" three countries came at the expense of The proportion of "religious to some extent," the middle class between "religious" and "non-religious."
Dr. Khalil Shikaki (Director of the Palestinian Center for Research in Policy and Research and founding member of the Arab Barometer and member of the Steering Committee).
"In all countries, men are the least religious and women are the most religious.
Perhaps the high rate of non-religiosity in the last five years may explain why young people tend to be more religious than their elders, and that the elderly are the most religious in most Arab countries. If this trend continues in the future, we will find a continuation of the decline in the rate of religiosity in the Arab world.
As for the role of the atrocities, he replied: "The other interpretations I have provided have no evidence in the polls." If the decline of religiosity was linked to the lack of religiosity in Iraq, this does not seem to reflect disappointment with Islamic movements. To govern, or else, we see a decline in the percentage of religiosity in Egypt. "" Finally, it should be borne in mind that the issue of religiosity, despite its importance, is not an essential motor of political positions, except when religion is integrated into politics, as is the case of political Islam, among religious who believe in the need to separate religion and state. "