Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

10-2015

Abstract

The paper compares the effect of religion on public attitudes toward Muslims in three different countries; Germany (religiously pluralistic), Sweden (predominately Protestant) and Spain (predominately Catholic): Are religious affiliation and commitment more common in religiously diverse (competitive) countries? Does religious affiliation or commitment increase or decrease negative affect (feelings) toward Muslims in different religious markets. Catholic and Protestant respondents in Germany, and Protestants in Sweden, are more likely to accept Muslims as neighbors than are the religiously non affiliated. Self-reported Catholicism is not significantly related to attitudes toward Muslims among Spanish respondents.

Keywords

Catholics; Europe, Western; Germany; Immigrants; Islamophobia; Muslims; Protestants; Religion--Public opinion; Spain; Sweden

Disciplines

Comparative Politics | Political Science

Language

English

Comments

Prepared for delivery at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Newport Beach, CA, October 23-25, 2015.


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