Islamic countries: Poll shows growing majority favor Sharia Law, more Islam in public life

A majority of Muslims around the world welcome a significant role for Islam in their countries’ political life, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, but have mixed feelings toward militant religious groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

According to the survey, majorities in Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan and Nigeria would favor changing the current laws to allow stoning as a punishment for adultery, hand amputation for theft and death for those who convert from Islam to another religion. About 85% of Pakistani Muslims said they would support a law segregating men and women in the workplace.

Indonesia, Egypt, Nigeria and Jordan were among the most enthusiastic, with more than three-quarters of Muslims polled in those countries reporting positive views of Islam’s influence in politics: either that Islam had a large role in politics, and that was a good thing, or that it played a small role, and that was bad.

Turkish Muslims were the most conflicted, with just more than half reporting positive views of Islam’s influence in politics. Turkey has struggled in recent years to balance a secular political system with an increasingly fervent Muslim population.

Many Muslims described an ongoing struggle in their country between fundamentalists and modernizers, especially those who may have felt threatened by the rising tides of conservatism. Among those respondents who identified a struggle, most tended to side with the modernizers. This was especially true in Lebanon and Turkey, where 84% and 74%, respectively, identified themselves as modernizers as opposed to fundamentalists.

In Egypt and Nigeria, however, most people were pulling in the other direction. According to the poll, 59% in Egypt and 58% in Nigeria who said there was a struggle identified with the fundamentalists.

via MUSLIM WORLD: Poll shows majority want Islam in politics; feelings mixed on Hamas, Hezbollah | Babylon & Beyond | Los Angeles Times.

5 comments on “Islamic countries: Poll shows growing majority favor Sharia Law, more Islam in public life

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  2. neel123 says:

    For those who do not know, the ultimate aim of the muslims is to conquer the whole world, and either enslave, or convert, or kill the non muslims. This is what Bush repeatedly referred to as the Islamic Caliphet. To realize what it means, and to be able to see the real face of the muslims, one has to live in a muslim majority place like Pakistan, or the Saudi Arabia.

    • Claudia says:

      Yes, that’s true. neel, although I wouldn’t include all Muslims. It’s better to say Islam’s aim, than “Muslims’ aim”.

      To realize what it means, and to be able to see the real face of the muslims, one has to live in a muslim majority place like Pakistan, or the Saudi Arabia.

      Absolutely true. And what they tell is quite shocking for a Western mind. If only people would listen to them…

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