How to Read These Profiles

In these religion profiles, our focus is on particular religious traditions with an emphasis on:

  1. their internal diversity, and
  2. the ways that the traditions are always evolving and changing.  

Though we hope these profiles provide helpful introductions, this format is a bit misleading in that it can reinforce the idea that religions exist and develop in isolation from other social and historical forces, including other religions. While reading these profiles, please remember that religions always impact and are impacted by political, economic, social, and historical factors. Please see the Methods article for fuller explanation of these intersections and the Country Profiles for a demonstration of how to understand religious influences in particular social and historical contexts.