In the West, the complexity and texture of the Islamic world is commonly misunderstood. Consider recent findings by the Pew Research Center. Their study shows that those who live in Muslim-majority countries have vastly different views on the role of the Quran in national jurisprudence. In Pakistan, 78% of the population believes that laws should strictly follow the teachings of the Quran. The same figure for Indonesia is only 22%. Internationalists may want to dig deeper into these results. Some can use the data to further validate the scope of halal-based opportunities; others may benefit from added insight on niche investment strategies. ■
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