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Gallup Center for Muslim Studies Poll of the Muslim World by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
March 5, 2008, 2:46 am
Filed under: Development theory, If you have 30 mins, Megatrend

The Gallup Center for Muslim Studies is a nonpartisan research center dedicated to providing data-driven analysis, advice, and education on the views of Muslim populations around the world. Their polls ask Muslims about their beliefs regarding education, religion, democracy, culture, financial prosperity, and the media.Their latest report has some interesting findings – it is broken into five main sections:

1. Ordinary Muslims

2. Islam and Democracy

3. Muslims and Americans: The Way Forward

4. Moderate vs. Extremist Views in the Muslim World

5. Perspectives of Women in the Muslim World

All the reports are available in Arabic and English. Some of the more revolve around the commonalities between opinion in the US and the Muslim world – the things that both groups like and dislike about the western world are strikingly similar, as is the importance of religion in society and the concern at the breakdown of family structure.Another interesting finding is that Muslims holding radical views about the west are no more likely to be deeply religious than their more moderate counterparts. Indeed, they tend to be better educated, wealthier and politically active – a profile that more closely fits political revolutionaries than radically religious activists. Read the full report here.

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