Suicide Bombing Sharply Drops in Five Muslim
The percentage of Muslims saying
that suicide bombing is justified in defense of Islam has declined dramatically
in five of eight countries where trends are available, according to a new report
by the Pew Global
Attitudes Project. In Lebanon, for example, just 34% of
Muslims say suicide bombings in the defense of Islam are often or sometimes
justified; in 2002, 74% expressed this view. However, Palestinians stand out for
their broad acceptance of suicide bombing. Seven-in-ten Palestinians say this
tactic is at least sometimes justified.
Read the report
(Data on suicide bombing is located
under the heading, "Dwindling Muslim Support for
July 27: Briefing on Pew Muslim-American Survey
of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Scott
Keeter of the Pew Research Center and Farid Senzai of the
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding will give a briefing on the Pew Research
Center's Muslim-American survey on Friday, July
27, at 10 a.m. in the Dirksen Senate office building, room 406, in Washington, D.C.
Questions to be addressed include:
- How assimilated and
integrated are Muslims in America?
- How do they perceive their
identity and their faith compared to similar groups across Europe?
- What can we learn about
Islamic extremism, identity and integration from U.S. Muslims?
information, call (202)
or email Geneve_Mantri@lugar.senate.gov.
Survey Summary Now Available in Arabic
In May of this year, the Pew Forum
co-sponsored the first-ever, nationwide, random sample survey of Muslim
Americans. The executive summary of the report is now available in Arabic.
Forum Weekly Update will be on vacation in August. It returns Sept. 6.
Pew Forum in the News
American Survey Featured in Washington Post, Newsweek
"On Faith," a joint venture of the Washington Post and Newsweek,
is hosting "Muslims
Speak Out," a week of discussion on "What Islam Really Says About Violence,
Human Rights and Other Religions."
To help provide a research-based foundation for the
discussion, the Pew Forum provided concise analyses of Pew
public opinion surveys in the U.S.
The Pew Research
Center's Muslim American
survey was also prominently featured in a Newsweek cover story,
Read the Newsweek article
See the graphic,
"The American Face of Islam"
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Start Rare Dialogue
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The Dallas Morning News
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The Vitter Effect
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