Survey finds young Arabs want less religion

…. This picture is reinforced by some other large numbers in the 2019 report. It says 79% think “the Arab world needs to reform its religious institutions”, while roughly half say “religious values are holding the Arab world back” and see religion losing its influence on the Arab world.

Although there’s reason to quibble about the precise figures, the broad picture is of widespread (and growing) discontent with religion among young Arabs. That might seem a welcome development considering all the damage caused by religious fanaticism but in some countries it’s treated as a social problem, like promiscuity or drug-taking.

In Saudi Arabia and Egypt, where atheism is said to be on the rise, several initiatives have been launched to try to draw young people back to religion – most recently by al-Azhar. [] Read more