BANGLADESH RESEARCH SERIES FACT SHEET NO. 1.3: Democracy and Sharia in Bangladesh


This fact sheet provides a snapshot of findings from the RESOLVE Network’s 2016-2017 Bangladesh Research Initiative. As part of the Initiative, RESOLVE conducted a nationwide survey of 4,067 Bangladeshi respondents enumerated in April 2017. The survey included questions about three high-profile events of domestic extremist violence in the past twelve years, as well as key democratic principles, such as elected representatives, an independent judiciary, freedoms of speech and assembly, and property rights. Findings derived from the survey regarding democracy, governance, and Sharia provide insight into the depth of support for democracy among Bangladeshis, the values they attach to democracy, their perception of the current state of governance, and whether they view Sharia as an alternative to the common law legal system. 

To learn more about the research methodology and longer form findings, please refer to this fact sheet’s companion RESOLVE Research Brief: Democracy and Sharia in Bangladesh: Surveying Support.


Suggested citation:

RESOLVE Network. Bangladesh Research Series Fact Sheet No. 1.3: Democracy and Sharia in Bangladesh. Washington, D.C.: RESOLVE Network, 2018. https://doi.org/10.37805/fs2018.4.bgd.