Muslim Millennial Attitudes on Religion and Religious Leadership

Key Findings - Part I

The Futures Initiative at Tabah Foundation and Zogby Research Services convened a project to explore the attitudes of the Arab Muslim millennial generation on religion and religious leadership. Face-to-face polls, surveying 5,374 Arab millennials between the ages of 15 and 34, were conducted in eight Arab countries: Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and Palestine.

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Tabah Futures Initiative

The Tabah Futures Initiative engages in research and analysis on emerging trends and issues in the region to better understand their impact on identity, culture and religious life in Muslim communities. The Initiative identifies and designs intervention projects and offers policy recommendations that address future concerns. Over the course of 2016 the Futures Initiative is working on two key thematic areas: Futures of Religious Identity and The Muslim Millennial Generation.

Arab Muslim Millennial Attitudes on Religion & Religious Leadership - What Did We Learn?

Article by Abaas Yunas

In late 2015, the Tabah Futures Initiative, a foresight research unit based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, partnered with Zogby Research Services to convene a project that would explore the attitudes of the Arab world’s millennials toward religion and religious leadership. Face-to-face polls were conducted with 5,374 young Arabs between the ages of 15 and 34 in eight Arab countries: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Morocco.

We initiated this project because 200 million Arabs are under the age of 34—approximately two out of every three people in the region. Millenials comprise the largest demographic in the Arab world today. If we continue to talk ‘about’ them, and not ‘to' them, we cannot expect to understand them. No conception of the region’s future can be created by simply making assumptions about the present; we must fully understand the present and current trajectories in order to look forward.


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