Pew Research study: Most Muslims want sharia law

Posted May 1, 2013 by Katerina Nikolas
A Pew Research survey of 38,000 Muslims across 39 countries shows the majority favour the implementation of sharia law - though interpretations of the Islamic law vary widely.
Muslims at prayer
Muslims at prayer
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The Pew study, entitled "The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society" demonstrates that there is no one clear definition of sharia law. Arab News reported special adviser to Pew, Amaney Jamal, said: “Sharia has different meanings, definitions and understandings, based on the actual experiences of countries with or without sharia."
A majority of Muslims in Asia, Africa and the Middle East favoured sharia law being adopted as the law of their countries, with the highest support recorded in Afghanistan at 99 percent.
Sharia is interpreted in varying degrees across the countries surveyed. The majority of those surveyed believe women are obliged to obey their husbands, a view shared by the majority of Muslim women. Support for issues such as polygamy varied widely, with the majority favouring allowing women freedom of choice over the hijab. Notably support for honour killings was only prevalent in Afghanistan and Iraq. Death for apostasy and amputations for theft, were not widely supported tenets of Islam.
The survey found the global median for Muslims opposed to violence in the name of Islam was 72 percent.
In general, religiously observant Muslims who pray five-times-a day are more likely to favour the implementation of sharia. However USA Today reported Jamal noted that "the more experience Muslims had with living with 'a narrow, rigid form of sharia', the less supportive they were of it."