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Are Muslims Distinctive?A Look at the Evidence$
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M. Steven Fish

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769209.001.0001

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Corruption and Crime

Corruption and Crime

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Are Muslims Distinctive?

M. Steven Fish

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between Islam and social disorder, with particular reference to corruption and crime. Using data drawn from the World Values Survey (WVS), it evaluates whether Muslims are more (or less) corrupt and more (or less) prone to violent crime than non-Muslims. In this chapter, corruption is measured by Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Corruption is compared in the largest Muslim (for example, Indonesia, Sudan, and Malaysia) and Christian countries (United States, Philippines, UK etc.). The chapter also looks at homicide rates in Muslim countries versus non-Muslim countries.

Keywords:   social disorder, Islam, corruption, crime, World Values Survey, Muslims, non-Muslims, Christian countries, Muslim countries, homicide

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