Inside the Minds of One Billion Muslims

Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies Dalia Mogahed was interviewed last week by host of Interfaith Voices Maureen Fiedler. The interview “Inside the Minds of One Billion Muslims” takes a look at one product of the Muslim West Facts Project, an initiative that was featured on Inside Islam in November. Mogahed summarizes the data collected by the center in a book she co-authored with John L. Esposito, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think.

Dalia Mogahed, her book, and Maureen Fiedler’s interview highlight interesting issues in the Muslim world that Inside Islam is pursuing in-depth through dialogue and debate. One such issue is women’s rights under sharia. Last month, we aired a radio show about these topics in a program produced by Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders. Click here to listen and learn more information about the issues and our show “Women and Sharia.” Krista, a blogger for Muslimah Media Watch, provides an additional perspective on the show in a review posted yesterday, “Asifa Quraishi on Women and Shari’a.”

Another contentious issue that the Interfaith Voice’s interview opens up for dialogue is political Islam. As Mogahed mentions, author Oliver Roy wrote a fascinating look at political Islam and religious terrorism in Global Islam: The Search for a New Ummah. For those interested in a detailed look at the book, Mahmood Mamdani from Foreign Affairs outlines Roy’s argument and takes a look at the global impact of political Islam in “Whither Political Islam?

We’d like to hear your thoughts about these issues and others. Please feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts and suggested topics for future radio shows.

More Information

Interfaith Voices is a radio program that promotes interfaith understanding with the goal of exposing listeners to the diversity of religious traditions in the United States. Click here to read more about Interfaith Voices and visit the program’s web site.

The Muslim West Facts Project is an initiative between the Coexist Foundation and the Gallup Organization. Through statistical surveys and reports, the effort aims to measure and spread evidence of the diversity of Muslim voices from around the world. Click here to read our post about the project and find related links.

Thanks to kbladow for the tip about this interview.

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