This is the best (and simplest) world map of religions

Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.

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  • At a glance, this map shows both the size and distribution of world religions.
  • See how religions mix at both national and regional level.
  • There's one country in the Americas without a Christian majority – which?
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Strange Maps

A new study has investigated who watched the ISIS beheading videos, why, and what effect it had on them

This is the first study to explore not only what percentage of people in the general population choose to watch videos of graphic real-life violence, but also why.

In the summer of 2014, two videos were released that shocked the world. They showed the beheadings, by ISIS, of two American journalists – first, James Foley and then Steven Sotloff. Though the videos were widely discussed on TV, print and online news, most outlets did not show the full footage. However, it was not difficult to find links to the videos online.

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Mind & Brain

4 major religions with anarchist roots

Surprisingly, many of the world's most popular religions have a lot to do with anarchy.

  • Anarchists aren't typically portrayed as particularly religious; instead, we think of them as violent anti-authoritarians.
  • While many modern anarchists rankle at today's religious organizations, the elements of these faiths often express a lot of ideas that anarchists express as well.
  • Here are 4 major religions and how they connect back to anarchy.
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Culture & Religion

Islam spread through the Christian world via the bedroom

Unions between Muslims and non-Muslims played a huge part in the expansion of Islam.

A Pakistani Muslim prays at an illuminated mosque in connection with Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, in Karachi on November 20, 2018. Photo: ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images

There are few transformations in world history more profound than the conversion of the peoples of the Middle East to Islam. Starting in the early Middle Ages, the process stretched across centuries and was influenced by factors as varied as conquest, diplomacy, conviction, self-interest and coercion. There is one factor, however, that is largely forgotten but which played a fundamental role in the emergence of a distinctively Islamic society: mixed unions between Muslims and non-Muslims.

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Culture & Religion

5 different New Year celebrations from around the world

Explore the many different iterations and times of New Year's celebrations around the world.

  • The majority of countries around the world follow the Gregorian calendar, but still have special days to celebrate their cultural or religious New Year's celebrations.
  • Some calendars are based off of the lunar cycle or a mix of the lunar and solar cycle, which the Chinese use. They then dedicate an entire two weeks for celebration.
  • Thailand's New Year hosts a huge water fight on their New Year that people around the world flock to.
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