Comparative Values Survey of Islamic Countries

Mansoor Moaddel, P.I.

Using the World Values Survey as well as separate surveys in several other countries, Dr. Mansoor Moaddel and colleagues have produced a dataset of values and beliefs in Islamic countries and the United States. The objective of this dataset is to promote analytical scientific study of values and beliefs in Islamic countries. At least sixty books and articles using findings from the values surveys have thus far been published or are under review (more than fifty have already been published).

The World Values Survey is a worldwide investigation of sociocultural and political change. It is conducted by a network of social scientist at leading universities all around world. Interviews have been carried out with nationally representative samples of the publics of more than 80 societies on all six inhabited continents. A total of four waves have been carried out since 1981 making it possible to carry out reliable global cross-cultural analyses and analysis of changes over time. The World Values Survey has produced evidence of gradual but pervasive changes in what people want out of life. Moreover, the survey shows that the basic direction of these changes is, to some extent, predictable.

Project Documentation:

Recent Pub

Allendorf, "Conflict and Compatibility? Developmental Idealism and Gendered Differences in Marital Choice." Journal of Marriage and Family

Recent Pub

Thornton, Dorius, Swindle, Young-Demarco, Moaddel. "Middle Eastern Beliefs about the Causal Linkages of Development to Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights." Sociology of Development.

Recent Pub

Kiss, Tamás. "Escaping the "Balkanizing" Gaze? Perceptions of Global and Internal Developmental Hierarchies in Romania." East European Politics and Societies.

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