January 9, 2014

Muslim majorities open to democracy, but cautious

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"What Style of Dress is Appropriate for Women in Public?" graphic courtesy of Pew Research Center, information source: University of Michigan Population Studies Center.

"What Style of Dress is Appropriate for Women in Public?" graphic courtesy of Pew Research Center, information source: University of Michigan Population Studies Center.

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(RNS) Large majorities of people in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia and Turkey said their country would be better off if religion and government were separated.

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  • Shaman

    Secularism would help these Islamic countries act rationally more than any other idea. Let’s hope religion fades (at least a little bit) in this countries.

  • Hakim

    I fully agree with Shaman that secularism is the best vehicle to appropriate in order for these Islamic countries to becoming more rational, pragmatic and more open to more of a contemporary intellectual engagement that is suited to the challenges, values, and needs of our “modern” era. I think religion will have to yield greatly, in terms of dogma–not humanist values–in these countries, if they ever hope to see a better future for coming generations, that is free of war, extremism, intolerance, ultra-puritanism, etc.

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  • Mehmet

    Hi,my name is Mehmet..I dunno ,who did this but et me tell you something.I live in Istanbul,sometimes I see that people but they couldn’t be %46.Eastern people dress like that.My family , my girlfriend,my friend’s family or my friends are not dress like that.By the way,this shows that , Lebanon dresses more modern.It cant be because everybody knows that,arabic is their language and thay are more religious and
    ignorant than us.