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Are Muslims Distinctive?
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Are Muslims Distinctive?: A Look at the Evidence

M. Steven Fish

Abstract

This book assesses how Muslims and non-Muslims differ—and do not differ—in the contemporary world. Using rigorous methods and data drawn from around the globe, the text reveals that in some areas Muslims and non-Muslims differ less than is commonly imagined. Muslims are not inclined to favor the fusion of religious and political authority or especially prone to mass political violence. Yet there are differences. These include: gender inequality is more severe among Muslims, Muslims are unusually averse to homosexuality and other controversial behaviors, and democracy is rare in the Muslim worl ... More

Keywords: gender inequality, Muslims, non-Muslims, homosexuality, democracy, homicide, class-based inequities, human welfare, interfaith understanding, international relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199769209
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769209.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. Steven Fish, author
University of California-Berkeley

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