Study says backing for Shari'a also has humanitarian basis

Strong support for economic egalitarianism
A recent study by two Indiana academics suggests that Shari‘a law, the Islamic legal code often associated with strict rules, oppression of women and harsh punishments, has a softer side when it comes to the poor.

Analyzing data from national surveys in predominantly Islamic countries, the authors found that people linked the establishment of Shari‘a law with economic reforms such as increasing government responsibility for the poor and reducing income inequality.

The polls were conducted in Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia between 2000 and 2003 by the University of Michigan as part of a “World Values Survey.”


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