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Secularization and Economic Development

Principal researcher

Ziad Esa Yazid

Type of research



Prof.dr. Henk Folmer

Dr. Justin Beaumont


Economic Development is always associated with decline in religion. Most literature in predominantly Christian Europe and America would ultimately point out the eventual decline in religion. However, little is known about Muslim countries. The resurgence of religion in politics, such as the Iranian Revolution and the most recent Arab Spring really questions the decline of religion. Furthermore, Muslim countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia are re-introducing Islamic principals in their economy, banking and law. Does this mean Muslim countries are exception to the theory of religious decline?. Are Muslims exception to the Secularization theory?  If it is or if it is not the exception,  to what extent?

Last modified:21 December 2017 2.12 p.m.