The poll results just released by the Washington-based Pew Research Center on “The World’s Muslim, Politics and Society” have received a lot of media attention. Beyond the sweeping generalizations and politically-expedient notions of many of the news reports, the Pew poll results tell interesting stories about different countries. The degree of learning depends however on the ability (or the willingness) to interpret the poll results within their socio-political contexts.
A Tunisia case?
In reality, the 38,000 face-to-face interviews conducted in 39 countries, as part of Pew’s “Global Attitudes Project”, only confirmed an already-well documented trend: the growing influence of religion in society and politics in the Muslim world. But there is more than that in the results.Oussama Romdhani
A 2012 Pew survey fine-tunes even further the way the Muslim public, in various countries, views the relationship between laws and the teachings of the Quran. That poll showed that a large majority of Tunisians (64%) and a plurality of Turks (44%) believe “laws should follow the values and principles of Islam; while majorities in Pakistan, Jordan and Egypt believe “laws should strictly follow the Quran”.