Communication and Human Development

External forces altering Muslim Worldview: Education, Mass Media Foster Changes

*The following is the 1999 Templeton Lecture on Religion and World Affairs, reprinted by permission from the August issue of WIRE, a publication of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Like the printing press in 16th century Europe, the combination of mass education and mass communications is transforming the Muslim-majority world, a broad geographical crescent stretching from North Africa through Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent and the Indonesian archipelago. 
In unprecedentedly large numbers, the faithful - whether in the vast cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, the suburbs of Paris, or in the remote oases of Oman's mountainous interior - are examining and debating the fundamentals of Muslim belief and practice in ways that their less self-conscious predecessors in the faith would never have imagined.

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