American Sociological Association

Religion and Fertility

June 1, 1981
Chamie, Joseph

by Joseph Chamie, This work is a critical investigation into the relationship between religious affiliation, on the one hand, and fertility, family size preferences, and family planning behavior, on the other. Many of the findings contradict previously accepted beliefs, such as the homogeneity of fertility behavior and attitudes among Arab Christians and Muslims. Dr. Chamie finds that religious fertility differentials cannot be explained simply by the socioeconomic characteristics of the religious groups. Nor do actual attitudes and behavior with respect to fertility and contraception correspond to doctrinal differences. One of the first empirical studies of the effects of religious affiliation on fertility and fertility control in the Middle East, Dr. Chamie’s volume is also on of the first multivariate statistical analyses of Middle Eastern survey data, making this an important comparative study. 150 pages, 1981.

Cambridge University Press