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About Ammar
Ammar Maleki is assistant professor of political science at Tilburg University (NL) and the director of GAMAAN research institute, based in The Hague, Netherlands.
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Iran protests: majority of people reject compulsory hijab and an Islamic regime, surveys find

12 Oct 2022  |  The Conversation
Nationwide protests in Iran, sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, highlight widespread opposition to the compulsory hijab and the Islamic regime. Surveys conducted by GAMAAN reveal that a significant majority of Iranians, including various social groups, reject the mandatory hijab and theocratic governance. The data indicates a secular shift, with many Iranians abandoning religious practices and opposing the use of state power to enforce religious laws. The protests and survey results reflect a deep-seated discontent with the current political system, with calls for regime change resonating across the country.

Iran’s census claims 99.5% of its population is Muslim. Our survey reveals the truth

17 Sep 2020  |  scroll.in
A survey conducted by the Group for Analyzing and Measuring Attitudes in IRAN, in collaboration with Ladan Boroumand of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran, reveals significant secularization in Iranian society. Contrary to Iran's census figure of 99.5% Muslim population, the survey found only 40% identified as Muslim. The study indicates a diversity of faiths and beliefs, with a notable number of atheists, spiritual individuals, and adherents to other religions like Zoroastrianism and Christianity. The findings also show a critical view of religious governance, with a majority opposing religious prescriptions in legislation and the mandatory hijab law. The research suggests that Iran is undergoing fundamental societal changes, with increased secularization and religious diversity.

Iran becoming more secular, less religious, new study reveals

02 Sep 2020  |  ThePrint
A new study reveals significant secularization in Iranian society, with only 40% identifying as Muslim compared to the state's claim of 99.5%. The survey, conducted online to ensure anonymity, shows a rise in diverse religious beliefs and a decline in traditional religious practices. The findings indicate that 68% of Iranians believe religious prescriptions should be excluded from legislation, and 72% oppose the mandatory hijab law. The study highlights the impact of increased internet access and global interactions on Iran's religious landscape, suggesting a fundamental shift in societal norms.

Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

25 Aug 2020  |  The Conversation
Iran is experiencing significant secularization, with a new survey revealing that only 40% of Iranians identify as Muslim, a stark contrast to the state's claim of 99.5%. The survey, conducted by GAMAAN and the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center, highlights a growing diversity of beliefs and a decline in traditional religious practices. The findings also show a critical view of religious governance, with a majority opposing religious prescriptions in legislation and mandatory hijab laws. These changes reflect broader global interactions and increased internet access, suggesting a fundamental transformation in Iranian society.

In Iran, disgust finally wins over fear

17 Jan 2020  |  NRC
The Iranian regime's credibility has been severely damaged following the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane and the subsequent denial of missile involvement. Public outrage has grown, leading to resignations from state TV presenters and widespread protests against the regime, the Revolutionary Guard, and Ayatollah Khamenei. The article highlights the deep-seated disgust among Iranians, contrasting with the initial mourning for General Qassem Soleimani. A survey by Stichting Gamaan indicates that a significant majority of Iranians oppose the Islamic Republic, reflecting a divided but not polarized society. The piece calls for international support to hold the Iranian government accountable and protect internet freedom.

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