Saturday, May 30, 2009

Horatio’s Response to MJ Malec’s comment: “America Alone”

Gallup conducted tens of thousands of hour-long, face-to-face interviews with residents of more than thirty-five predominantly Muslim countries between 2001 and 2007. It found that - contrary to the prevailing perception in the west that the actions of al-Qaida enjoy wide support in the Muslim world - more than 90% of respondents condemned the killing of non-combatants on religious and humanitarian grounds

The not-for-profit group Terror Free Tomorrow carried out a public-opinion survey seeking to establish why people support or oppose extremism; it found that fewer than 10% of Saudis had a favourable opinion of al-Qaida, and 88% approved of the Saudi authorities pursuing al-Qaida operatives

Pew surveys in 2008 show that in a range of countries - Jordan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Bangladesh - there have been substantial declines in the percentages saying suicide-bombings and other forms of violence against civilian targets can be justified to defend Islam against its enemies. Wide majorities say such attacks are, at most, rarely acceptable

The source of the previous quotations was taken from Wikipedia, section 7.5, 2009 Surveys and Polls. Depending on the accuracy of the Wikipedia article, I would say from that page that somewhere just under 10 % would be my response to your question of me: Would you say 10% or 1% of the worlds Muslims are the 'radical few' extremists?

However, this really does not answer the heart of your question: what percentage of the worlds Muslims are radical view extremists. I don’t know how, or if there is a reliable unbiased statistic, an accurate figure could be established.

In response to your question: Would you say also, Wahabism is radical and extreme? Yes, Wahhabism is an extreme and fundamentalist form of the Islamic religion.

In answer to your final question: If so, what percentage of mullahs and imams adhere to those teachings and promote those views financed by Saudi Arabia in the US and Europe? is simply, I don’t know. I don’t know if there is a reliable statistic. I can only say what seems to be reliable information can be found on the aforementioned webpage: Islamic Terrorism.

Other pages that may be of interest: Major Religions of the World Ranked by Number of Adherents, Major Branches of Religions Ranked by Number of Adherents; and, Islam by country.