Inside Islam

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Devin Brugman
Extra Credit: Inside Islam
RS 178

Inside Islam
The documentary entitled, ‘Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think,’ is an eye opening and interesting film. I think it is an important film to watch for those who need a more clear understanding of the Muslim religion. Before watching the film, I knew barely anything about Muslims. The documentary profiles and explores fear of Muslims and the Muslim anti-Americanism view. The film, produced by Unity Productions Foundation, is centered around a poll. The poll was taken by the Gallup World Poll, and according to researchers, it covered 90% of the global Muslim population. Over the course of six years the Gallup researchers gathered tons of information and made, “The most comprehensive and complete poll of Muslim opinion ever.” They asked questions to Muslim, American, and European, men and women of both minority and majority communities. They were asked their thoughts on Terrorism, Democracy, and gender equality. The remarkable amount of data gathered gives viewers a global opinion of Muslims around the world. The film stresses that the relationship between the West and the Muslim world should be guided by “facts not fear.” But unfortunately fear has dominated public opinion in the United States. 9/11 had a large impact on this fear. After 9/11 Muslims became associated with acts of terror. A lack of understanding of the Muslim culture and religion has left many with a naive understanding of them. According to the poll, 57% of Americans in 2007 said they knew, “Not much or Nothing” about Muslim beliefs. That means that over half of the judgments made on Muslims are coming from influences from things such as the media and other inaccurate outlets in western society. A very common misconception among Americans is that Muslims are violent. This misconception sprung by 9/11 has grown into fear. Because of the broad lack of knowledge of Muslims and Islam in the United States, an act of terror...
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