Published on November 17th, 2008 | by Omar0
Who speaks for Islam
I’ve begun to read this book as part of my ongoing work with the Islamic Speakers Bureau. The book finds its roots in a six-year study in which the Gallup Organization conducted tens of thousands of hour-long, face-to-face interviews with residents of more than 35 predominantly Muslim nations — urban and rural, young and old, men and women, educated and illiterate. My interest in reading this book is provide our organization with another impartial, widely accepted source of information about the view of the majorty of Muslims for presentations/talks we give. As one can understand, when speaking it’s best to use official sources to provide credibility to what is being said.
Alhumdulilah the book provides a great deal of insight on the views of Muslims world wide along with the various cross sections that exist within the Muslim Ummah. The book is a very very dry read but it is a book about statistics so I shouldn’t have expected anything different. All in all, it’s a great resource for people interested in speaking to non-Muslims about politics in Islam, religiosity, etc.