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Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think
Attention: You will need to download the file to view the video in its entirety. Only 15 minutes of this video can be previewed on the Dropbox website.
In a post-9/11 world, many Americans conflate the mainstream Muslim majority with the beliefs and actions of an extremist minority. But what do the world’s Muslims think about the West, or about democracy, or about extremism itself? Who Speaks for Islam? spotlights this silenced majority. The results are the product of a mammoth six-year study in which the Gallup Organization conducted tens of thousands of hour-long, face-to-face interviews with residents of more than 35 predominantly Muslim nations — urban and rural, young and old, men and women, educated and illiterate. It asks the questions everyone is curious about: Why is the Muslim world so anti-American? Who are the extremists? Is democracy something Muslims really want? What do Muslim women want? The answers to these and other pertinent, provocative questions are provided not by experts, extremists, or talking heads, but by empirical evidence — the voices of a billion Muslims.
In 400 words or more analyze the focus of this particular video. Try to make connections to class-based upon material/terminology we’ve covered.
In your analysis, include an informed opinion on the material you have viewed. Your response could include answers to the following questions:
What do you think about the topic /person being presented?
Can you connect what you saw in the video with any of your own experiences?
Are concepts we’ve discussed in this module more clear after viewing this program?
What did you learn and/or how did it enhance your understanding?
Was there anything “left unsaid” which you feel would have improved the presentation? i.e. was there anything you would have liked to see included which wasn’t?
How might the video impact others different from you (i.e. gender, ethnicity, culture, etc.)?
What is the relevance of this video to specific areas/topics of our course?
Did it critically view the subject or was it largely descriptive without analysis?
What does the event or video have to do with you, personally, and with your life (past, present or future)? It is not acceptable to write that the video has NOTHING to do with you since just about everything humans can write, perform or film has to do in some way with every other human.
How much does the event or video agree or clash with your view of the world, and what you consider right and wrong? Give several specific examples of how it agrees with and supports what you think about the world, about right and wrong, and about what you think it is to be human. Use quotes and examples to discuss how the event or video disagrees with what you think about the world and about right and wrong.
How much did you learn, and how much were your views and opinions challenged or changed by this event or video, if at all?
Did the event or video communicate with you? Why or why not? Give examples of how your views might have changed or been strengthened (or perhaps, why the event or video failed to convince you, the way it is). Please do not write “I loved everything about the event,” since everybody disagrees about something, even if it is a tiny point. Use specific examples to illustrate your points of challenge, or where you were persuaded, or where it left you cold.
How well does it address things that you, personally, care about and consider important to the world?
How does it address things that are important to your family, your community, your ethnic or religious group, to people of your economic or social class or background? If not, who does the event/video serve?
Did it pass the “Who cares?” test? Use specific examples to illustrate.
What does the video add to your current understanding of the issue?
Which part of the video do you like the most?
Was there anything that surprised you?
To sum up, what is your overall reaction? Would you experience or view something else like this, or by this group or producer in the future or not?
Why or why not? To whom would you recommend this type of event or this video?
These Guidelines are intended to help shape your review, and although you don’t need to answer each and every question, most will help you through the process. You can, of course, add questions/issues as you see fit