Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think
58:40 | 2010

Categories: Documentary, History, Faith and Spirituality

This documentary feature explores the expertly gathered opinions of Muslims around the globe, as revealed in the world's first major opinion poll conducted by preeminent polling organization Gallup. Gallup researchers began by asking the questions on every American's mind. Why is there so much anti-Americanism in the Muslim world? Who are the extremists and how do Muslims feel about them? What do Muslims like and dislike about the West? What do Muslim women really want? Crucial policy decisions hang on these questions, and they continue to generate passionate disagreements in the public square. Yet for all the controversy, the actual views of the world's Muslims have been conspicuously missing from this debate. Now, we have the missing answers and statistics, gathered, parsed and analyzed not by pundits but by professional researchers. As part of this groundbreaking six-year project, Gallup conducted tens of thousands of interviews with residents in 35 predominantly Muslim nations, as well as smaller populations in Europe and the U.S. Experts featured include Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; John Esposito, University Professor, Georgetown University; RamiKhoury, Editor of the Daily Star (Beirut); and Kenneth Pollack, Director of Research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute.


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April 19, 2015
January 24, 2015
I'm trying really hard not to be scared of Islam. The Qur'an doesn't read so peacefully. The movie doesn't discuss literacy and Muslims. Have they read their own book? One can see that there is certainly a correlation between illiteracy and Islam. The worlds illiterate nations are Islamic. See these maps. I often wonder if they know the intolerance that's inside the Qur'an.
December 15, 2014
I have a very difficult time believing that Muslim women are changing Sharia law. They don't have a voice in the first place so who is going to "hear" them. Come on. Who are you trying to fool?
Clinton Pemberton
May 4, 2014
Layla Brown
March 31, 2014
March 23, 2014
February 21, 2014
One point this film makes is that terrorists are motivated more by radical politics than by religion. But does Islam still empower and encourage those people, once they decide to become terrorists? I wonder because I've gotten the impression that the Koran contains many instances depicting hatred of, and violence against, unbelievers. The film doesn't seem to address this. The film mentions that people in majority-Muslim countries often crave various human rights. To what extent will Islam help or hurt the cause of various human rights, especially free speech? That's another question this film has left me with.
Judith Thomas
October 7, 2014
At this point, with all the hate speech and actual violence now being directed at Muslims, the stakes are very high. We can't afford to go on "impressions." Please, folks, actually READ the Koran for yourself and then decide. Many translations are available online completely free of charge.
Roger Smith
February 17, 2014
Jesus P. Zacarias
February 4, 2014