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Lebanese Muslim Views of September 11

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This research note aimed at empirically assessing Lebanese Muslim views of the September 11 attacks. We proposed that young age and political Islam served as significant determinants of support for the attacks. Although we proposed that Sunni Muslim respondents would manifest more support for the attacks than Shi'is, we advanced that socioeconomic conditions should not affect the views of the respondents. The data came from a stratified random sample, consisting of 337 male and female Sunni and Shi'i respondents, conducted in the Greater Beirut area during the months of October and November 2001. The findings sustained the hypotheses that age and political Islam determined approval of the attacks, as well as the hypothesis that socioeconomic conditions did not predict the respondents' views. The results did not sustain the hypothesis that Sunni respondents exceeded Shi'is in their display of support for the attacks.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-5906.00180

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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