- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A new global survey of Muslims by the Pew Research Center has found that Palestinian Arab Muslims polled the highest in favor of suicide bombings as a justifiable means “to defend Islam.”

The poll also found that 89 percent of Palestinian Muslims favored sharia becoming “the official law of the land.”

Few U.S. Muslims voice support for suicide bombing or other forms of violence against civilians in the name of Islam. Fewer than one-in-ten say violence against civilians either is often justified, and 7 percent say it’s sometimes justified to defend Islam.

The survey involved more than 38,000 face-to-face interviews in 80-plus languages with Muslims across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Pew reports the findings show that Muslims “tend to be most comfortable with using sharia in the domestic sphere, to settle family or property disputes.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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