How to Read These Profiles

Statue's upraised hands in Hong Kong

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 Our Approach 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. 

Religion profiles are adapted from Rivers of Faith: An introduction to the world’s religious traditions through the lens of America, a resource of the Pluralism Project.