What a Billion Muslims Really Think
“[N]o one in Washington had any idea what 1.3 billion Muslims were thinking, and yet we were working on intricate strategies that were going to change the world for all time.” (-Jim Clifton, Gallup Chairman and CEO.) But there’s good news:
In order to discover what Muslims truly think, Gallup spent 6 years interviewing nearly 50,000 Muslims from 35 countries representing the most comprehensive analysis of the wishes, desires, grievances, complaints, and opinions of nearly 1.3 billion Muslims.
The results were collected and analyzed by John L. Esposito, a leading American expert on Islam and University Professor at Georgetown, and Dalia Mogahed, a senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, in their new, groundbreaking work: “Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think.“
Get it? For the first time, ever, we have a basis for saying “most Muslims are of the opinion … “ And the conclusions may shake things up.
“Simply refuted.” Well, this suggests that the security debate needs to be built on a different set of issues than we’ve thought. For if “they hate our freedom,” after all, there’s not a lot we can do but defend ourselves.
But if that’s not the issue – if, in fact, they hate us for our put-downs and domineering foreign policy – those are things that we Americans have power to change, because they’re in us. We can keep putting facts on the table. We can insist that politicians craft a new kind of foreign policy.
It’ll be a tough sell, though. For much of US politics and industry has organized around the “they hate us for who we are” outlook; many influential people will lose power and money if Americans demand change.
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