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  • Who Are the Iraqi Kurds?

    • August 20, 2014

    Kurds are playing a major role in the current conflict in Iraq, and are often mentioned alongside Iraq’s Sunni and Shia Muslim populations. But Kurds are an ethnic group, not a distinct religious sect within Islam; nearly all Iraqi Kurds consider themselves Sunni Muslims. Read More

  • 6 Facts About South Korea’s Growing Christian Population

    • August 12, 2014

    Pope Francis traveled to South Korea in August for Asian Youth Day, making his third international trip as pontiff. He visited a country that has experienced considerable religious change in recent decades. Here are six facts about Christianity in South Korea. Read More

  • How Americans Feel About Religious Groups

    • July 16, 2014

    When asked to rate religious groups on a "feeling thermometer" ranging from 0 to 100, Americans rate Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians warmly and atheists and Muslims more coldly. Read More

  • Iraq’s Unique Place in the Sunni-Shia Divide

    • June 18, 2014

    An ongoing and intensifying conflict has fallen along sectarian lines in Iraq, one of only a handful of countries that has more Shia Muslims than Sunnis. A Fact Tank post analyzes the divide between the two sects. Read More

  • The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States

    • May 7, 2014

    A new survey finds that nearly one-in-four Hispanic adults are now former Catholics, while rising numbers are Protestant or unaffiliated with any religion. Read More