We often talk about "the Islamic world," or the "Muslim community," but sometimes it takes being smacked with an enormous, amazing data dump to remind us that Muslims are actually an incredibly diverse group -- if you can call them a group -- who adhere to views that are informed by their cultural and political context as much as their religion.
For their mammoth new study about the world's Muslims, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life interviewed more than 38,000 Muslims in 39 countries on topics ranging from morality, to politics and justice, and the relationships between the sexes.
There's a lot to parse here, but one of the most interesting sections is on views about women, given the recent controversy over sexual abuse in India, the flare-up over the "topless jihad," and the potential resurgence of Sharia law in Syria and other unstable areas.
One big takeaway is this: The way Muslims see the role of women is highly dependent on where they live.
The countries are divided up into rough geographical areas, and the regional comparisons are stark. In Afghanistan, for example, a whopping 94 percent of Muslims say "a wife must always obey her husband," compared with just 34 percent in a more liberal, but still predominantly Muslim, country like Kosovo: