New Delhi, August 28 A US-based research and polling group has found that Muslims embraced economic globalization as long as it didn't mean that Western influences will snuff out their cultural identity.
"In the process of economic globalization, Muslims are not separatists," Steven Kull, head of the World Public Opinion (WPO) think-tank and polling organization said while commenting on the results of a study published on August 27 as reported by www.zeenews.com. "Economic integration with the world, they say, is a positive thing but they don't want it to undermine their cultural identity," he said.
WPO polled more than 5,200 respondents over six weeks in January and February this year in predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, the Palestinian Territories and Turkey. Nigerian Muslims, who made up around half the population of the West African nation, were also included in the survey.
Large majorities in Nigeria and Egypt said globalization, "especially the increasing connections of our economy with others around the world," was "mostly good" for their country, the poll showed.
Sixty-three percent of Azerbaijanis, 61 per cent of Iranians and Indonesians and 58 percent of Palestinians shared that view. In Turkey, those in favor of globalization were not in a majority but they still outnumbered opponents of the trend by 39 percent to 28 percent.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents (64 percent on average for all the countries in the survey) saw international trade as beneficial to their country, the poll showed.