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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Worldwide survey reveals over 50,000 Muslims want democracy

Gallup surveyed more than 50,000 Muslims in 35 countries regarding Western democracy and freedoms, reported BBC News on February 27th.

This survey was first conducted after September 11th, 2001 when President George W. Bush asked, “Why do they hate us?” Next month the poll will be published in the book Who Speaks for Islam? What A Billion Muslims Really Think. One of the authors, John Esposito, expressed how the majority of Muslims who were surveyed said they admire Western democracy and freedoms. However, the individuals surveyed decided they do not want those elements imposed on them personally. Mr. Esposito stated, “What the majority wants is democracy with religious values,” along with freedom of speech.

The article reported that the polled Muslims think that improved ties between the West and Islamic societies can occur, if the West can “change its negative views towards Muslims and respect Islam.”

For the full article, click here.


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