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Are Muslims Distinctive?: A Look at the Evidence

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  14 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Are Muslims Distinctive? represents the first major scientific effort to assess how Muslims and non-Muslims differ--and do not differ--in the contemporary world. Using rigorous methods and data drawn from around the globe, M. Steven Fish reveals that in some areas Muslims and non-Muslims differ less than is commonly imagined. Muslims are not inclined to favor the fusion of ...more
Paperback, 385 pages
Published February 9th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 12th 2011)
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Duncan Mchale
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. Muslim communities are not more prone to violence than non-Muslim ones, they are not more religious, they have less socioeconomic inequality. And acts of terrorism are much more likely to be perpetrated by Muslims, although most of those attacks are against other Muslims.

These and other findings are backed up by what looks like rigorous statistical analysis which I didn't understand at all and had to skip over.
Diane
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author seeks to determine empirically how Muslims views themselves and their world. The data for the book is mostly based on information from the World Values Survey, an in-depth survey done every five years in a number of countries around the globe. The author looks at data from Muslims and non-Muslims from this survey and compares them. He augments this data by looking at levels of political and criminal violence in Muslim and non-Muslim societies.

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Sharon
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a political science major, this book was honestly not what I was expecting. I was lucky enough to take a class taught by the author; he is a very data-oriented scholar, but this book is not. There is a lot of statistical analysis, but all of it is laid out for a reader that is not very stats-knowledgeable, and is a relatively good read. If you enjoy political science works, you might just enjoy this book.
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الكتاب يعتمد بشكل كبير على أسلوب البحث العلمي الكمي والإحصائيات في تفسيره للظواهر، ويوجد العديد من النتائج التي وصل إليها، بالنسبة لي وجدت إحداها مفاجأة لي، أن المسلمين في المجتمعات المتدينة والمحافظة (بغض النظر عن تدينهم الشخصي) يجدون أن القادة السياسيين الملحدين غير مناسبين للمناصب العامة، وأنهم لا يوافقون على عدم تدخل رجال الدين في طريقة تصويت الناخبين. وهنا يجد الكاتب (وفق الاستبيانات ورأي الاشخاص) ظهور فروق في النتائج عند التمييز بين التدين الفردي والتدين ضمن المحيط والسياق العام. مما يؤكد ...more
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