“Frequently Asked Questions” about Pew’s Muslim American Survey
A recent report, “Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream,” attracted a great deal of attention but also raised a number of questions about the research. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream
The first-ever, nationwide, random sample survey of Muslim Americans finds them to be largely assimilated, happy with their lives, and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world.
Nigeria’s Presidential Election: The Christian-Muslim Divide
The campaign leading up to the election is a reminder of the sharp Christian-Muslim divide in Africa’s most populous country.
The Vatican and Islam
Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to visit Turkey on Nov. 28-30, a trip that has already attracted exceptionally close attention because of the pope’s use of an inflammatory 14th-century quote about Islam during a September speech in Regensburg, Germany. Pew Forum Senior Editor Robert Ruby examines the issues and challenges in interviews with George Weigel, an expert on Catholicism, and John Esposito, a scholar of Islam.
Five Years After 9/11
In exclusive interviews, Samuel P. Huntington says the current conflict between the Muslim world and the West could be far worse and Akbar Ahmed says current U.S. policies tend to strengthen the most radical Muslim leaders.
The French-Muslim Connection
When Muslim youths rioted in French suburbs last year, critics were quick to fault the French assimilation model. But recent findings suggest that the French can claim some success.
In Great Britain, Muslims Worry About Islamic Extremism
Even before British authorities announced they had thwarted a terrorist plot to blow up airplanes, many people in Britain – including Muslims – were very concerned about Islamic extremism.
The Rise of Shia Islam – and Iran
The recent violence in Lebanon and Israel, together with the sectarian strife in Iraq and escalating tensions around Iran’s nuclear ambitions, has drawn urgent attention to the resurgence and politicization of Shia Islam in the Middle East.
Lebanon’s Muslims: Relatively Secular and Pro-Christian
But on many issues, including terrorism, Lebanon’s Muslim majority shares the views of other Muslims in the Middle East. In particular, Lebanon’s Muslims — as well as its Christians — are strongly anti-Israel.
Muslims in Europe
Muslims living in Europe worry about their future, and many say they have had a bad experience as a result of their religion or ethnicity. But Muslims there do not generally believe most Europeans are hostile toward people of their faith.