Gallup Expert Dalia Mogahed Speaks on
"What a Billion Muslims Really Think," April 14
PITTSBURGH—Dalia Mogahed, senior analyst and executive director of The Gallup Organization's Center for Islam Studies, will discuss her new book, "Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think," at 6 p.m., Monday, April 14 at Carnegie Mellon University. Her talk, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Muslim Students Organization and the University Lecture Series, will be held in Rangos Ballroom 3 in the school's University Center.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton commissioned his company to research the views and attitudes of Muslims around the world. The result of this research is the book "Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think," written by Mogahed and co-authored with Georgetown University Professor John Esposito. The book, based on six years of research, challenges conventional wisdom about what motivates Muslims worldwide. Gallup researchers conducted the largest poll of Muslims to date by interviewing tens of thousands of individuals residing in more than 35 countries.
"The conflict between Muslim and Western communities is far from inevitable," Mogahed and Esposito write. "It is more about policy than principles. But, until and unless decision makers gain an accurate understanding of this conflict by listening directly to the people, extremists on all sides will continue to gain ground."
Mogahed's work has appeared in a number of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy magazine, Harvard International Review and the Middle East Policy journal. She travels the globe engaging diverse groups on what Muslims around the world really think. Her audiences have included the High-Level Group of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the Community of West and Islam Dialogue (C-100) group of the World Economic Forum, the Brookings Institution's U.S.-Islamic World Forum, British parliamentarians, U.S. senators and religious leaders from every faith. She has discussed Gallup findings with a wide range of opinion leaders, including Madeleine Albright, Deepak Chopra, Stephen R., Covey, Quincy Jones and Jeffrey Sachs; Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman; evangelical leader Richard Land; bestselling author Karen Armstrong; U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel; Muslim activist and teacher Amr Khaled; and Sheikh Habib Ali al-Jifri, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan, as well as two of the highest authorities of Sunni Islam, the Grand Muftis of Egypt and Bosnia, their Excellencies Ali Gomaa and Mustafa Ceric.
Mogahed earned her master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in strategy from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.