Survey: Most Muslims Prefer Sharia Law to Be Recognized as Official Law in Their Country
A majority of Muslims around the world want sharia law to be implemented in their countries but are split on how it should be applied, according to a study released Tuesday.
The comprehensive Pew Research Center survey conducted between 2008 and 2012 focused on 38,000 people in 39 countries drawn from a global Muslim community of 2.2 billion people.
A solid majority, notably in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, were in favor of sharia — traditional Islamic law — being adopted as “the law of the land” in their countries, it found.
“But I would also note that support for making sharia law does vary,” said Jim Bell, Pew’s director of international survey research.
From 12 percent in Turkey, support for sharia as official national law stood at 56 percent in Tunisia, 71 percent in Nigeria, 72 percent in Indonesia, 74 percent in Egypt and 99 percent in Afghanistan.
But Princeton University professor Amaney Jamal, a special adviser to the Washington-based Pew Research Center, emphasized there is no one common understanding of sharia among all the world’s Muslims.