Baku. Victoria Dementeva – APA. The presentation of the results of the social survey on “Islam in Azerbaijan: current realities and public opinion” has been held in Baku. APA reports that the survey was released by the Center for Strategic Studies under the Azerbaijani President. Director of the Centre Farhad Mammadov and Elshad Iskandarov, Chairman of State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations, attended the presentation ceremony.
The social survey has been conducted among 1501 respondents. 30,2% of the respondents considered themselves as deeply religious people, 66% just as believer and 0.1 as atheists. 98.8% of the respondents are Muslims, 0.8% Christians and 0.1% Judaists. 0.6% of the respondents considered themselves as believers, but do not have concrete religious affiliation. 21.8% of the respondents get information about Islam from religious books, 16% - from the Koran, 27.2% - from the TV.
According to the survey, 10.9% of the respondents said they performed Namaz, 57.6% didn’t perform Namaz and 22.1% were going to perform Namaz. 17% of the respondents keep the fast and 14.1% don’t keep fast every year.
According to the results, there is negative attitude towards Wahhabis in the society. 45% of the respondents consider them as stranger element, 15% don’t like their dresses and behaviors and 30% consider them as extremist.
46% of the respondents said that it was unacceptable to go to education institutions with hijab, the attitude of 40.2% was neutral and 3.8% considered as unacceptable to restrict freedom of personality.