Os resultados de um inquérito extensivo, abrangendo cerca de 90% da comunidade muçulmana em mais de 35 países, são divulgados num livro de John L. Esposito e Dalia Mogahed, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, publicado em Março pela Gallup Press, a editora do instituto de sondagens Gallup.
Esposito apresenta o livro no blog The Immanent Frame e numa entrevista ao CounterPunch, “Who Speaks for a Billion Muslims?”; e no blog Nouvelles d’Orient, do Le Monde Diplomatique, uma recensão (“Que veulent les musulmans?”, por Alain Gresh) resume alguns dados resultantes do inquérito e apresentados no livro.
No texto de apresentação do livro, em The Immanent Frame, Esposito afirma:
The politicization of scholars, experts and media commentators post 9/11 has created a minefield for policymakers and the general public. Many are caught between the contending positions of seemingly qualified experts as well as a new cadre of Islamophobic authors and their revisionist readings of Islam and Islamic history. Today, we now have a new empirically grounded tool that enables us to go beyond the limited interpretations and opinions of experts when asking: What do Muslims think, what do they care about, and what do they want?
The Gallup Organization has produced the largest, most comprehensive polling/study of Muslims ever done, based on a sample representing more than 90% of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims: young and old, educated and illiterate, female and male, living in urban and rural settings. Between 2001 and 2007, Gallup conducted more than 50,000 hour-long, face-to-face interviews with residents of more than 40 nations that are predominantly Muslim or have substantial Muslim populations.
The result is the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, which I co-authored with Dalia Mogahed, Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. The results are often startling, challenging the conventional wisdom, and we expect them to stir both interest and debate. (Rethinking secularism: Who speaks for Islam?, posted by John Esposito).