Interesting study on religion and society – trends and opinions of individuals with muslim identity

Interesting study on religion and society. This study on Islam and Muslims beliefs partially corresponds to the Inglehart World Value Study on secularisation and self-expression values.

Its presented by the The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.

The Pew Forum conducts surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research on important aspects of religion and public life in the U.S. and around the world. It also provides a neutral venue for discussions of timely issues through roundtables and briefings.

”In the Middle East-North Africa region, Lebanon is the only country where opinion on the matter is closely divided. Among Lebanese Muslims who say their laws do not follow sharia closely, 41% say this is a good thing, while 38% say it is a bad thing, and 21% have no definite opinion.

Muslims in Southern and Eastern Europe and Central Asia are less likely to say it is a bad thing that their country’s laws do not follow sharia. Among Muslims who believe their country’s laws do not follow sharia, fewer than a third in most countries surveyed in these regions say this is a bad thing, while many say it is neither good nor bad, or express no opinion. The two exceptions are Russia and Kyrgyzstan, where almost half (47% each) say it is a bad thing that their country’s laws do not adhere closely to Islamic law.”

These opinions can be compered to the ones presented in Asia and the Middle-East.

”In South Asia, high percentages in all the countries surveyed support making sharia the official law, including nearly universal support among Muslims in Afghanistan (99%). More than eight-in-ten Muslims in Pakistan (84%) and Bangladesh (82%) also hold this view. The percentage of Muslims who say they favor making Islamic law the official law in their country is nearly as high across the Southeast Asian countries surveyed (86% in Malaysia, 77% in Thailand and 72% in Indonesia).15

In sub-Saharan Africa, at least half of Muslims in most countries surveyed say they favor making sharia the official law of the land, including more than seven-in-ten in Niger (86%), Djibouti (82%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (74%) and Nigeria (71%).”

It would have been interesting to have corresponding facts on Scandinavia and to compere it with the theories and facts presented by Inglehart. One assumption is that we in the long run will see the same pattern as for religions in general in Scandinavia, a high degree of self expression values within a secular life style.

It would also be interesting to have the same sort of facts concerning christian and jews around the world. My guess is that we would see corresponding views and patterns in the same regions.

PEW study

Inglehart World Value Study

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