Non-Muslim Views about Islam and Muslims in Malaysia: An Empirical Study
Abstract: Based upon sample survey and interviews, this study attempts to find out the views of Malaysian non-Muslims about Islam and Muslims in Malaysia. Such a study is warranted because of the plural nature of Malaysian society whose stability depends upon harmonious relations between various ethnic and religious groups The survey sample is composed of various educated segments, professionals and university students. The study found that majority of non-Muslims hold positive opinion about their counterpart in Malaysia which augurs well for the stability of the country. Nevertheless, there exists a good number of people holding a negative opinion about Islam and Muslims implying, therefore, the need for more concerted efforts about improving the image of Islam and Muslims in Malaysia.