PEW Report: Muslims back Islamic law, disagree on meaning

Source: USA Today

By Cathy Lynn Grossman

Devotion to Islam shapes the lives of most Muslims but their views on democracy, religious law known as sharia, and family life are varied, a new study finds.

The research report on Muslim views on religion, politics and society was released Tuesday by The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.

It finds that Muslims in Africa, Asia and the Middle East — no matter age, education or gender — overwhelmingly want to see sharia be “the official law of the land,” said James Bell, primary researcher for the report and director of international research for Pew, in a press phone-in discussion of the report.

That includes 99% in Afghanistan, 89% in the Palestinian territories, 74% in Egypt and 72% in Indonesia, for example.

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