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Arabs' views on the role of Sharia in legislation, by country and gender 2012

This statistic shows the opinions of Arab men and women as to what role Sharia (the moral code and religious law from the Koran and Islam) should play in legislation in their respective countries. 40 percent of men in Libya said Sharia should be a source, but not the only source of legislation. 39 percent of women in Libya held the same view.

What role should Sharia have in legislation? Should it be the only source of legislation? A source, but not the only source? Or should Sharia not be a source of legislation?

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Release date

June 2012



Survey time period

2009 to 2011

Number of respondents

Approx 1,000 per country

Age group

15 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Sharia law is religious law that is derived from the Koran and Islam.

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