The Pew-Templton Global Religious Futures Project have published their Muslims Survey result a while ago. Despite the fact that the raw data set is not available for download from the site. Below are some interesting results from Jordan. You could take a look yourself and make your own charts using their data explorer tool. You can filter results for Jordan only. The data could be filtered further based on gender and age groups.
Unfortunately, the study does not provide information on the total sample size nor the geographic distribution of the sample within Jordan. From the charts below, it seems that the sample reflects male to female ratios in Jordan. I am not positive though on the age group part. Finally, the displayed results do not state the statistical error margins. Thus, please be careful as you attempt to interpret the results. To say the least, public official data on Jordan is very hard to come by, thus despite all shortcomings this is interesting to look at.
I have requested the original data set for Jordan via email from the Institute, I will update this post if they send it through.
So to start off, the immediate questions was “Do you believe in one God, Allah, and his prophet Mohammed?”, the chart below sums the responses:
No surprise right? Drilling the data on gender and age groups yields the same. So, the response is consistent across all sub strata.
Yet, look at how Jordanian Muslims responded to the following: “Do you believe humans and other living things have evolved or that they have existed in their present form since the beginning of time?" ; i.e. a convoluted way to ask if you believe in evolution theory! Check how the responses where:
Perplexing right! It is hard to draw conclusions as this disparity between a full belief in God, and accepting evolution is hard to reconcile! There is a good chance that there is some data collection error here or an ambiguous question! Otherwise, it is an interesting phenomenon!
So, what about morality and religious belief? Look at how Jordanians answered:
On the matters of death penalty, check out how Jordanians seem to be more stringent on imposing the death penalty on those who leave religion compared to adultery:
It is imperative though to note that the use of the word stoning in the second question could have introduced a bias.
Moving on, another question drew my attention: “Should women have the right to decide if they wear a veil?”, following are the responses:
A good percentage thinks yes. Let us drill it down by age groups, following how the +35 age group responded:
and the 18-34 age group:
Nice! Older age groups are more conservative than the younger age group, kind of makes sense!
Based on the above, as Jordanians, we do seem to be coherent on the front of believing in God the Islamic way. We definitely may interpret our faith on various matters differently. Is this going to change in the next 10-20 years, the above say not. The population may shift its positions collectively on some issues like the veil, however, we wont see a major transformation.