Skip to comments.Most Muslims want sharia law, but divided on interpretation
Posted on 04/30/2013 8:13:33 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
A majority of Muslims around the world want sharia law to be implemented in their countries but are split on how it should be applied, according to a study released Tuesday.
The comprehensive Pew Research Center survey conducted between 2008 and 2012 focused on 38,000 people in 39 countries drawn from a global Muslim community of 2.2 billion people.
A solid majority, notably in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, were in favor of shariatraditional Islamic lawbeing adopted as the law of the land in their countries, it found.
But I would also note that support for making sharia law does vary, said Jim Bell, Pews director of international survey research.
From 12% in Turkey, support for sharia as official national law stood at 56% in Tunisia, 71% in Nigeria, 72% in Indonesia, 74% in Egypt and 99% in Afghanistan.
But Princeton University professor Amaney Jamal, a special adviser to the Washington-based Pew Research Center, emphasized there is no one common understanding of sharia among all the worlds Muslims.
Sharia has different meanings, definitions and understandings, based on the actual experiences of countries with or without sharia, she said in a conference call with reporters analyzing the findings.
Titled The Worlds Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society, the study also revealed many Muslims favor applying sharia in the private sphere to settle family or property disputes.
However, in most countries surveyed, there was less support for severe punishments, such as cutting off the hands of thieves or executing people who convert from Islam to another faith.
A majority of Muslims are also in favor of freedom of religion, even while backing sharia.
In Pakistan, for example, 84% of Muslims want sharia enshrined as official law but 75% believe non-Muslims are free to practice their religion.
Around half of Muslims in the survey expressed concerns about religious extremism, particularly in Egypt, Iraq and Tunisia.
In most countries, a majority of Muslims said a wife must obey her husband, although a majority also said a woman should decide whether or not to wear a veil.
Most Muslims said they do not feel tension between their religion and modern life, prefer a democratic regime, and enjoy music or Western movies, even if such pastimes are sometimes regarded as undermining morality.
An overwhelming majority viewed prostitution, homosexuality, suicide or alcohol consumption as immoral but there are sharp differences on issues such as polygamy.
Only 4% polled in Bosnia and Herzegovina considered polygamy morally acceptable, against 87% in Niger.
A strong majority surveyed said so-called honor killings could never be justified. The only exceptions came in Afghanistan and Iraq, where majorities condoned executions of women deemed to have shamed their families by engaging in premarital sex or adultery.
Violence carried out in the name of Islam was also widely rejected.
In the United States, 81% of Muslims said such violence can never be justifiedagainst a global median of 73%.
However, substantial minorities in Bangladesh, Egypt, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories said violence was permissible.
Excellent reason why they should not reside on our lands.
I have read (correct me if I’m wrong) that Muslims are not supposed to “hang out” with non-muslim folk, or eat their food.
My community had a neighborhood picnic, and our muslim neighbors not only showed up but were eating some of the pot luck food.
Terrorists know what to do to get their way. They’ve already created a police state in the U.S.S.A., and with their chief Mooslime at the top.
This is "news"? Was there somebody on planet Earth who didn't already know this? In other news....
A majority of Americans around the country want constitutional law to be re-implemented in their states.
Let them be divided. Hope they kill each other out over their differences.
Turning Muslim In Texas
The link used to be on Google Video before but that's been taken down. The above link is from YouTube, possibly added by a Muslim. If you can, add a comment or two with the vile verses of the Quran just so that gullible fools who may stumble upon it and buy into Islam have a fuller picture of its madness, instead of just the candied bits.
Muslims: “Tell you what, first we kill you, then we decide how we feel about it later. Is very good, yes?”
Some muslims want to kill you.
Some muslims don’t want to kill you yet.
Should the info at these links be a cause for concern?
UK Allows Muslim Nurses Not To Wash To Protect Their “Modesty”
Do we really need them here to lower our standards of health and hygiene?
Baloney. Actual number somewhere between 1.1 and 1.6 billion.
This is one common, and probably correct given the actual wording, interpretation of the Koran.
However, it should be pointed out that various Christian and Jewish groups have similar doctrines, and there are passages in both Testaments of the Bible that can be applied to justify it.
As far as food goes, I presume a strict Muslim would not eat food unless he was sure it was halal, any more than a strict Jew would not eat food unless sure it was kosher.
Kosher, at least in the stricter interpretations, is a lot more stringent than halal.
you know what, I have had it, the next Muslim masochist woman I see wearing one of those get ups I am going to say to her, what is wrong with you, this is the United States of America, you don’t have to wear that costume
Lots of taqyia in those polls...
They only get serious about that after they’ve killed off or subjugated the “People of the Book” and atheists...
There’s no upside to Islam, just varying degrees of obnoxiousness & violence.
The only good Muslim is a bad Muslim. Bad Muslims consume alcohol, eat whatever they like, dress how they please, and.......manage to fool the rest of us “infidels” as to their real intentions. Believe it’s called `taqquiyah’.
Get ‘em out of here; send them back to wherever they can enjoy the “pure” life under Shariah. They don’t belong.