About the Data

 

Data-based analysis is key to understanding the interaction of religion and conflict globally. The Centre on Religion & Geopolitics (CRG) tracks violent religious extremism, and state responses to it, month by month, in the Global Extremism Monitor. The effects of this global war are seen not only in injury and death, but in loss of economic and social opportunities for millions.

What Data Are We Showing and Why?

The Monitor draws together data from open source information in English. It is a low estimate, an indication of the scale of this global problem.

We track incidents of violent and non-violent religious extremism including attacks; attempted attacks; plots; and fatalities. The Monitor also presents state and non-state efforts at countering extremism, including statements made by officials, diplomatic moves, arrests, and use of force. Along with regular publications, our data is available on CRG's website in an interactive global map.

Alongside this, our reports and commentaries offer a deeper understanding of religious conflict, highlighting the synergy between factual data and informed analysis.

Data Categories

The following data sets are displayed on our website:

  • Religious Data: This breaks down global religious demography;
  • Global Overview: This shows the number of violent religious extremist incidents month by month;
  • Extremism: This provides global total fatality figures including civilians, security forces, and extremists;
  • Counter-Extremism: The number of state and non-state counter-extremist incidents, including arrests, use of force, statements, and diplomatic moves.
Displaying the Data

Our data is displayed on a global map, which allows the information to be presented in increments. For example, the data on Extremism shows high numbers of fatalities in dark colours and conversely, low numbers in light colours. The interactive map also allows you to select a specific country, which then presents the relevant national data. The Monitor can also display the data in list format. By selecting the page icon, users can access the same dataset, but presented in a clean, clear, interactive list.

Note: If a country shows up as grey on the map, this indicates that no data is available for that country. In the case of Religious Data, information is not displayed for anything less than one per cent.

Data Sources

The majority of our data comes from CRG's Global Extremism Monitor. We are also extremely grateful to the World Religion Database for allowing us to use their global figures.

Detailed Methodologies

A more detailed look into our methodology and data gathering processes are included in past publications of the Global Extremism Monitor. These reports take an analytical look at our data, presenting a deeper investigation into trends and issues highlighted by our findings.

Timescales

At present we are only displaying data available for 2016. The data shown is broken down month by month.

Updates

The Global Extremism Monitor data is updated monthly. The rest of the data shown will be updated as and when new information becomes available.

Country Names

The country names on the map are sourced from the United Nations Statistical Department, which was last updated on 6 November 2013. We include territories absent from the United Nations list, it is in order to display available data.

Country Borders and Maps

This map is for illustrative purposes only and allows CRG to capture data for all countries we are featuring as described above, and does not imply the expression of any opinion on the part of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation concerning the legal status of any country or territory, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers or boundaries.