Indian Muslims are more latitudinarian than Pakistani Muslims

There is a lot of talk on this weblog. Probably because this is South Asian focus, and we tend to be a loquacious people on the whole (some more than others). But I decided to look in the World Values Survey in regards to the question of whether believers believed their religion was the only acceptable religion.

Before some of you ask about methods and cross-tabs, the website has a late 1990s interface. You too can use it and look up facts!

(also, Hindu intolerance surprised me a bit, though not too much)


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5 years ago

Do these guys publish hindi / urdu phrasings of the question ? I could see massive difference depending on wording.

5 years ago
Reply to  sumit

Exactly my thoughts too. [Edit – this was a response to Sumit above]

5 years ago

I would love to see a poll asking if people believe in:

Sarva Dharma Sama Bhaava Sarva Shresht

Of course you could get a false positive. Most Indians readily agree with Sanskrit words they don’t know the meanings of.

Since most Indians do not understand the concept of religion most polls are not useful.

It is possible that many poll respondents were saying that they believe that all religions are true and did not agree with those who say that all religions are not true. Or they completely misunderstood the question.

If I were polling I would ask questions about Islam, Sufism, Mohammed pbuh, Gareeb Nawaz. Shirdi Sai Baba, Kabir. I don’t know any other way to ask these sorts of questions.

If someone were asked if their Dharma was the only path. Many would say yes. Their word for Islam is mushulman Dharma. Their word for Christianity is Christian Dharma. So implicitly they would be saying that they believe that all Dharmas are true. Christians and muslims are part of their Dharmas.

I wonder if the poll used the shabda (word) panth, sampradaya, parampara or dharma. None of these words mean religion.

5 years ago
Reply to  Razib Khan

I could not find the hindi questions ask on the website. Could you post them to the above blog post?

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