The Determinants of Tolerance in Arab Societies

36 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 16 Aug 2011

Ani Sarkissian

Michigan State University Dept. of Political Science

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Using data from the Arab Barometer Survey, I examine Arab Muslim attitudes toward religious diversity. While most Arabs agree that non-Muslims deserve the same political rights as Muslims, many Arabs do not show the same amount of tolerance toward converts away from Islam. Religiosity and support for political Islam are strongly associated with intolerance of Muslim converts, while religiosity is not associated with intolerance of non-Muslim minorities. Support for democracy is associated with greater tolerance. The results suggest that tolerance of diversity in Arab states is unique. While cultural diversity is largely tolerated, differences within the Muslim community are not.

Keywords: Islam, tolerance, Arab, religion

Suggested Citation

Sarkissian, Ani, The Determinants of Tolerance in Arab Societies (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1901491

Ani Sarkissian (Contact Author)

Michigan State University Dept. of Political Science ( email )

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