Young Qataris favor equal rights for non-Muslim residents

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Non-Muslims should be afforded the same rights as Muslims when living in a Muslim country, the majority (89 percent) of recently polled Qatari youth have said. That’s according to the second annual Muslim Millennial Attitudes on Religion and Religious Leadership report. The report gauges religious sentiment among youth in Qatar, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen. To arrive at their conclusions, the authors interviewed more than 7,000 young Arabs in these countries earlier this year.

The findings concern the report’s authors, who said there is a “dire lack of understanding among young Arabs” about how citizenship and rights work under Islam. “The view that citizenship is subject to a hierarchy of prominence determined primarily by one’s faith is precisely the frame that extremist groups want normalized,” the report said.

One reason Qataris might believe in equal treatment is because they were among the most likely to say they have friends or acquaintances who are not Muslim (84 percent). However, nine out of 10 Qataris polled said it is still important for people they meet to know they are Muslim.

 

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