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Mosque and state: How Arabs see the next 10 years

Published on December 10, 2019 at 08.57

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Religion can no longer play a leading role in finding solutions to problems faced by the country's economy, a top UAE government official has said. (Photo: Shihab/KT)

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Omar Ghobash, Assistant Minister for Culture and Public Diplomacy, made the statement during a panel discussion titled ‘Future of Islamism in the next decade’ at the Arab Strategy Forum (ASF 2019).

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He also shared his views on the results of a pan-Arab survey by Arab News, released in partnership with the forum, on the subject of ‘Mosque and State: How Arabs See the Next 10 years’. Out of the 3,076 participants, 47 per cent of GCC residents believed religion impacted their countries’ economic decisions.

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47% of GCC residents believed religion impacted their countries’ economic decision. (Photo: Reuters/file)

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35% of respondents disagreed with the view that separating mosque and state would cause a decline in religious practice (Photo: Reuters/file)

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36% of respondents agreed that there would be fewer wars if the world religion and politics were separate. (Photo: Alamy)

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32% disagreed there would be fewer wars if religion and politics were separate. (Photo: Alamy)

 
 
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