Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think
Shortly after the unfortunate events that rocked the globe on September 11, 2001, The Gallup Organization made the startling decision to create a poll that would show the world what was really going on in the minds of Muslims around the world. There was no political or even social agenda, just the desire to act as a bridge between the Muslim world and the Western world. This thought-provoking documentary explores the process and results of this poll.
This endeavor turned out to be the most extensive public opinion poll ever taken of the Muslim world. What most people fail to realize is that Muslims can be found in every country and every language. Only about 15% of Muslims are Arabs, and contrary to popular belief, not all Arabs are Muslims. The majority of Muslims can be found in Asia, with India having the second largest Muslim population in the world.
What the media portrays of Muslims is mostly negative and violent, when in fact militants only make up 1% of the entire group. Because of this distorted view, the Gallup organization wanted to find out what is important to ordinary Muslims, what are their values? What do they respect about their own society?
And so representatives went from door to door, reaching 90% of the global Muslim population. They interviewed people from Asia, the former Soviet Union, Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa in an attempt to learn what matters to Muslims.
The poll covered a huge range of topics with the main goal of allowing their voices to be heard. In the words of Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director and Senior Analyst for Muslim Studies at Gallup Center, “It’s only by hearing the voices of ordinary people that we can engage the world based on fact, not fear.”
Watch this documentary to get a better understanding of what the Muslim world really believes.