Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pew study: 99 percent of Muslim Afghans want sharia to be ‘law of the land’

Washington Post
April 30, 2013

In this Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 file photo, Afghans listen to preacher while offering the Eid al Adha’s prayers outside of Shah-e-Dushamshera mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan. As the country braces for next year’s presidential election and the planned withdrawal of most foreign combat troops by the end of 2014, the panel urges the U.S. government and its allies to work harder to promote religious rights in the war-torn nation. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)


“The percentage of Muslims who say they want sharia to be ‘the official law of the land’ varies widely around the world, from fewer than one-in-10 in Azerbaijan (8 percent) to near unanimity in Afghanistan (99 percent). But solid 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 percent of Muslims in Nigeria, 72 percent in Indonesia, 74 percent in Egypt and 89 percent in the Palestinian territories.”
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