Beyond the political propaganda that says "muslims are terrorists" on the one side and "there are no muslim terrorists, America/Israel are the
terrorists" on the other side, there is the truth. What follows are research and polls taken from
PEW Research Center
to which I will add some
The question often overlooked is "just how many Moderates vs. Fanatics are there?" This thread seeks to answer that question. The results of these
polls pretty much reflect what I myself have heard in conversation with muslims.
Starting out with some good news (from the wests perspective) is that muslims seem to be happy with democratic voting, with the exception of Pakistan
(and probably Afghanistan too, which was not inlcuded in the polling):
Perhaps not good news (from the Wests perpsective) is that muslims take a different view on what the majority in the West consider Terrorist
Organizations. Typically muslims in Turkey, being the most western-ized have the most negative view of Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah whereas Jordan,
being in the line of fire has many supporters of these Movements:
The following image shows how the approval rates for Osama Bin Laden have plummeted amongst muslims in the last decade:
This statistic shows a divide between "Modernizers" and "Fundamentalists".
This one again displays how Turkey and Lebanon are western-ized whereas Pakistan is not. It would have been interesting to include Saudi Arabia, Iran
and Afghanistan in this research. When you follow the link you can also see muslim views on stoning people to death, which show a similar disparity
between the different countries.
Approval of suicide bombing is higher than I expected it to be, but lower than the "muslims are terrorists" crowd claims:
There are many different viewpoints among muslims. One cannot generalize about the position of "a muslim" because every country and sectarian movement
has different views on what is right. We in the west must learn to differentiate and discern between these differences and learn who is our friend and
who wishes us harm. This differentiation can only occur if we move beyond partisan ideologies and look at the facts and listen to the voices of the
Mideast. Countries like Turkey, that know both western and muslim thought look like they'd be in a good position to mediate. As the world draws closer
together, there will certainly be clashes of culture here and there and by knowing who is who and what is what we may not be able to avoid those
clashes but reduce their negative impact.
Very much looking forward to the Discussion on this.
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