Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

Predicting Religiosity and Doubt in Adults

What causes people to experience doubt? There are numerous lifelong experiences that influence religiosity and the onset of doubt. Dr. Osman Umarji discusses his latest publication where he analyzes empirical data on what causes people to experience conviction or experience religious doubt, predicting the statistical likelihood of each.

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Dr. Osman Umarji

Director of Survey Research and Evaluation | Dr. Osman Umarji holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s and Ph.D in Educational Psychology from UC Irvine. He has studied Islam at al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. His research interests include the development of human motivation, religious socialization, spirituality, and Islamic legal theory. Dr. Umarji is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at UC Irvine. He has previously taught child development, adolescent development, and statistics. His expertise in both psychological and Islamic sciences allows him to conduct empirical research on contemporary issues facing Muslims.