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Islam Surveyed

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    Why Is There Such Widespread Criticism, Dislike, and Suspicion of Islam?

    The answer is simple. Islam is the cause of so many things that puzzle, annoy, or repulse non-Muslims. To demonstrate this point, this survey provides a very large sample of 402 headlines and extracts from news reports concerning Islam and Muslims published by UK media and other English language media (especially in Europe and America) over the last 12 months. It concentrates on social, cultural, religious, and political topics and mostly ignores terrorism and armed conflict in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The Islamic State is sometimes covered because it has such a strong Islamic dimension. The Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, and the Sun account for 17 percent of the reports. The BBC, The Guardian, The Independent, and The Times account for 25 percent, and UK regional newspapers account for 7 percent. An analysis of all the media covered is given at the end of this document. The news reports are listed by month. Each month starts with items directly concerning the UK then has sections for the Western and Muslim worlds

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    1.0 Summary

    This is a survey of readers' comments on articles about Islam and Muslims published by leading quality and popular British newspapers over the 12 months to November 2016. It updates a similar survey covering 2015 and earlier [See Note 1] It concentrates on social, cultural, religious and political topics and mostly ignores terrorism and armed conflict in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The Islamic State is sometimes covered because it has such a strong Islamic dimension.

    1.1 The Main Findings Across the political spectrum, from the Guardian to the Daily Mail, an overwhelmingly large number of readers are critical of Islam, severely so in many cases. The criticism covers a wide range of subjects including freedom of speech, sharia, family law, how to handle extremism, extremist beliefs, treatment of women, integration, multiculturalism, and segregated communities. At least 90 percent of the comments and the votes on the comments are negative about Islam. The only difference between the Guardian on the left and the Daily Mail on the right is Guardian readers write far longer comments!! [2] Section 2.0, a selection of TYPICAL COMMENTS, gives a quick overview of what readers have to say.

    Outstanding comments are highlighted.

    1.2 What's Covered

    The survey is divided into sections, covering the Left, Right and Centre of British politics.

    Articles Surveyed

    The Guardian 59

    The Independent & similar 9

    Daily Mail, The Telegraph, & similar 19

    The Times, Regional and International Press, & Other 13

    For each article you are given: (1) Title and date. (2) A short extract from the article to illustrate its content. (3) The most popular readers' comments - those with the highest number of votes, or recommendations, or likes, from other readers.

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