15 January 2016

Survey: Most Young Middle East Muslims Believe ISIS Perverts Islam

A majority of Muslim youths in the Middle East and North Africa regard extremist groups such as the Islamic State and Al-Qaida as a perversion of Islam and its teachings, according to a new survey.

"At least three-quarters of millennial respondents in all countries surveyed" regard groups like ISIS and Al-Qaida as "either a complete perversion of Islam's teachings or mostly wrong," according to the survey conducted by Egypt's Zogby Research Services

The survey, which was reported by AFP and Arab media, polled 5,374 young Arab Muslim men and women in Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories. It was conducted last October and November.

.... In the Palestinian territories and Saudi Arabia, over 55 percent of those surveyed said the radical groups were distorting Islam's teachings. [Haaretz] Read more