March 3, 2009


American Muslims outlook more positive than other countries (Al-Arabiya, 3/03/09)

Muslim-Americans had a more positive outlook on the world than Muslims in other countries but also experienced higher levels of discontent than other religious groups in the U.S. according to the poll by the Gallup Organization.

Despite being economically integrated with high rates of engagement in the workforce, American Muslims felt socially alienated and said they struggled to find happiness within their society.

Racially and politically diverse but very religious, Muslim Americans are younger and more highly educated than the typical American but resemble Americans in their outlook on life more than that of Muslims in predominantly Muslim countries. [...]

Muslim-Americans were found to be "thriving," or categorized themselves as being at the upper end of a scale measuring life satisfaction, more than Muslims in nearly every Muslim-majority country. Yet American Muslims were less content than other religious groups in the U.S. at 41 percent, 15 percent below Jewish-Americans, for example.

The poll found that Muslims in Saudi Arabia and Germany ranked higher than U.S. Muslims under the "thriving" category, with Saudi Arabia ranking the highest at 51 percent followed by Germany at 47 percent.

But less than 20 percent of Muslims in Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt, Bangladesh, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan were thriving while those who were “suffering” ranged between 20 and 45 percent. [...]

Political ideology underscored such diversity as U.S. Muslims were found across the spectrum from liberal to conservative, their party identification resembling that of the Jews. Four in 10 said they were liberal, a small minority affiliated with the Republicans and half were Democrats.

Eighty percent said Islam was a vital part of their daily lives, a percentage exceeded only by the Mormons at 85 percent. The study also reported that women attended mosque with the same frequency as men, which differ from their coreligionists in the Arab world.

Contrary to gender stereotypes and reflecting the trend among the general society, Muslim American women were found to have higher degrees more than their male counterparts with 42 percent of Muslim women having secondary education compared with 39 percent of Muslim men. American Muslims as a religious group came second only to Jewish Americans in terms of attaining higher education.

Muslim American women also showed surprisingly high levels of participation in the work force and reported near to equal income to men, giving the religious group the highest degree of economic gender parity.

...what generally takes a couple generations is for the feedback from here to reform the nations/cultures of origin.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at March 3, 2009 8:09 AM
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