Mideast Muslims Favor Sharia Law


American leaders’ perennial fantasy that bringing a taste of consumer culture to Mideast countries ripe for occupation will somehow open a floodgate of populist enthusiasm for Beyoncé and constitutional rule isn’t reflected in a new survey that reveals the predominant views of common people in the Muslim world.

The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center, shows there’d likely be very little wiggle room in any U.S.-led battle for Middle Eastern hearts and minds. Residents of most Muslim nations, in fact, are pretty united in embracing the political, social and religious culture they already know, and don’t seem interested in alternatives.

The survey included face-to-face interviews of nearly 40,000 Muslims and spanned more than 80 languages in Europe, Asia, the Mideast and Africa.

Although the numbers varied by country, the majority of average Muslims surveyed favor a theocratic form of government. Specifically, they favor Sharia law, the moral and religious law of Islam, infallibly delivered by Allah and prescriptive of every facet of personal and public behavior.

To American sensibilities, the life-pervading extent of Sharia — along with the unchallenged and literal carrying out of punishments for violating Islamic code — is repugnant as an expression of government.

But in Muslim countries, Sharia is what most people want, especially as a means of resolving disputes in domestic life. Their approval of Sharia’s “eye-for-eye” sentencing varied much more broadly, however, with more either repudiating the practice or stating they believe it not to be common throughout the majority of the Muslim world.

In the Islamic republic of Afghanistan, 99 percent of those surveyed favor Sharia — presumably over the 2004 Afghan constitution — as the law of the land. Those numbers don’t drop off dramatically elsewhere. The survey reported:

[S]olid majorities in most of the countries surveyed across the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia favor the establishment of sharia, including 71% of Muslims in Nigeria, 72% in Indonesia, 74% in Egypt and 89% in the Palestinian territories.

While the survey indicates a profound devotion to an Islamic way of life encompassing both the private and public sphere, it also indicates the majority of Muslims distance themselves from what they regard as Islamic extremism and, in fact, consider violent acts perpetrated by Islamic groups a much greater threat than “Christian extremists.”

Unsurprisingly, the Palestinian territories offer an exception: 40 percent of Palestinians surveyed said they support suicide bombings.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Dragon 1

    Most of these muslims perfer this because this is all that they have ever experienced and don’t know no better. The extremeists of course wrote their own laws and beliefs so they are just RAG HEADS with no understanding of any other cultures and don’t give a damn about life, your’s or mine. All they want is to kill or be killed. They want to go to their heaven and have the 72 virigins or whatever and never ride a camel again!! These people will never learn what life really is !!

  • Albert Maslar

    The Middle East is a vast quick-sand sinkhole that wants nothing to do with Democracy so why are we wasting blood and resources for the real infidel? Islam has been fighting non-stop for some 1400 years and America is naive to think that Islam is a peaceful religion. Get out, take our money and manpower home where it can be put to better use. Ron Paul was the only presidential candidate that said and would actually do that, but he passed the baton to son Rand Paul, and no Ron Paul is he.

  • FreedomFighter

    Sharia law is evil incarnated, convert or be beheaded. Obey or die.

    Sharia is incompatible with freedom, liberty, and American values.

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • Michael Shreve

    Muslims are INDOCTRINATED from birth. They believe in THEIR moral and ethical superiority. THEY see no conflict between their beliefs and the results. Democracy is ANTI-Muslim and they know it. The Democrat, liberal, progressive, communists are doing the SAME in the U.S. The BEST drones are those who don’t REALIZE they can no longer think for themselves.

    • Curtis

      ALL religions are INDOCTRINATED from birth. The big difference is Christians must submit to their myths an average of once per week… Muslims must do it 35 times a week. If it were true, it would be self-evident and not require daily or weekly reinforcement. If it were true it would stand-up to questioning and the slightest debate would not have to be met with beheading.

  • gypsy

    Conquest from within

  • FreedomFighter

    Here is an example of Sharia Law:

    “Christian children regardless of race being captured in the various African conflicts then sold to Muslim masters so why should anyone expect the news to be viewed favorably about any Christian ever in our national journalistic worldview.

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • ChuckS123

    One easy thing we can do to fight this is drill more of our own oil.