Interfaith dialogue in Qatar. Have your say!

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BY SUBMITTING THIS SURVEY, YOU ARE INDICATING YOUR CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS STUDY. YOU MAY SKIP ANY QUESTIONS YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE ANSWERING.

You are invited to participate in a research study titled “Understanding Qatar’s Interfaith Dialogue Culture: Motivations, Trends, and Challenges”. This study is being conducted by Asim Koldzo, a senior student at Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar. The study is being conducted to understand the state of interfaith dialogue in Qatar – current trends, motivations behind its promotion, as well as possible challenges in the Qatari environment. The results obtained through this survey will be used solely for the purposes of the study.

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary at all times. You can choose not to participate at all or to leave the study at any time. Regardless of your decision, there will be no effect on your relationship with the principal investigator or any other consequences.

You are being asked to take part in this study because you are a resident/citizen of Qatar aged above 18.

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to fill out a survey about the state of interfaith dialogue in Qatar. Questions fall into three categories: general information about you, your religious views, and your attitude vis-à-vis interfaith dialogue in Qatar. The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. Should you find some questions difficult or inappropriate, you can skip them. The results will be collected by the principal investigator through the password-protected SurveyMonkey account.

All of your responses to this survey will remain anonymous and cannot be linked to you in any way. No identifying information about you will be collected at any point during the study, and your survey will be identified only with a random pseudonym. Once you submit your completed survey, there will be no way to withdraw your responses from the study because the survey contains no identifying information.

Study data will be kept both in digital and paper format. Digital data will be kept in a password- and fingerprint-protected file on the principal investigator’s and the faculty mentor’s computer. Both devices will be encrypted as per the Georgetown University data protection policies. Paper data will be kept in a locked box in the faculty mentor’s office for a set period of seven years. Only the principal investigator and the faculty mentor will have access to the data at all times.

Participation in the study might pose minimal risk to you in the form of asking sensitive questions that might cause you some level of inconvenience. However, you are free to not to answer any such questions and that will not affect your participation in the study. You also have the right to withdraw at any time from participating in the study without any consequences whatsoever.

While you will not experience any direct benefits from participation, information collected in this study may benefit others in the future by helping improve knowledge about the state of interfaith dialogue in Qatar. This is the first study of its kind and will provide valuable information for both Qatari policymakers, academics, and wider public. Following its completion, the results of the study will be freely available online.

If you have any questions regarding the survey or this research project in general, please contact the principal investigator, Asim Koldzo, at +447549219622 or asim.koldzo@stb.ox.ac.uk. You may also contact the faculty mentor, Dr. Patrick Laude at laudep@georgetown.edu. Please call Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar IRB Office at 4457-8414 (8:30am to 5:00pm, Sunday to Thursday) if you have any questions about your rights as a participant.

By completing and submitting this survey, you are indicating your consent to participate in this study.

Asim Koldzo
Principal Investigator

We highly value your time and effort. Kindly proceed! :)
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1. What age group do you belong to?
2. What is your gender?
3. How many years have you lived in Qatar?
4. What is your nationality?
5. What is your native language?
6. In addition to your native language, how many other languages can you speak?
7. Can you speak Arabic?
8. If yes, how would you rate your level of Arabic?
9. What is your current marital status?
10. Do you live with your parents?
11. What is your current monthly household income (in QAR)?
12. How many children do you have?
13. What is the highest level of education you have completed thus far?
14. Have you ever attended any educational institutions outside your country?
15. If yes, kindly specify where and when.
16. What is your primary source of news?
17. Kindly specify if there is any particular news source (print or online) that you follow especially closely.
18. What defines your identity?
Not at allTo a small degreeTo a certain degreeTo a large degree
Family
Friends
Nation
Religion/Ideology
Profession
Interests
Hobbies
19. How important are the following in your life?
Not at all importantNot very importantRather importantVery important
Family
Friends
Leisure time
Politics
Work
Religion
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20. Do you believe in God?
21. What, if any, religious confession do you belong to?
IslamChristianityJudaismBuddhismHinduismSikhismJainismOther
Confession
22. How would you describe your knowledge of the religious confession you belong to?
Extremely lowAverageExtremely high
23. How would you describe your level of religiosity?
Not religiousAverageVery religious
24. Kindly describe the degree of change in your religious life since coming to Qatar.
Extremely negativeNo changeExtremely positive
25. Please specify what, if anything, caused this change.
26. Have you ever experienced any problems in practicing your religion since moving to Qatar?
27. If you have answered the previous question positively, what specific problems did you or still do face?
28. Do you have access to a place of worship?
29. Do you have access to senior religious figures belonging to your confession?
30. Do you have access to relevant religious texts/literature?
31. Do you use the Internet to access religious texts/recitations/lectures?
32. How would you describe the level of religious tolerance in Qatar?
Extremely lowAverageExtremely high
33. How much do you know about following religions?
Not at allTo a small degreeTo a certain degreeTo a large degreeCompletely
Islam
Christianity
Judaism
Buddhism
Hinduism
Sikhism
Jainism
34. How often do you interact with persons belonging to another religious confession?
NeverSometimesExtremely often
35. How beneficial do you find these interactions to be?
Not beneficial at allInterestingLife-changing
36. What, if anything, does interfaith dialogue mean to you?
37. Do you believe that Qatar is doing enough to promote interfaith dialogue?
38. Have you heard about any interfaith dialogue initiatives in Qatar?
39. If yes, how did you hear about these initiatives? (mark any that apply)
40. If you answered previous questions positively, could you kindly name one or two interfaith dialogue initiatives in Qatar that you have heard of?
41. How would you rate Qatar's efforts to promote interfaith dialogue?
Not effective at allSomewhat effectiveExtremely effective
42. In your opinion, what are the additional ways in which Qatar can promote interfaith dialogue?
Congratulations, you made it! And hopefully contributed to the cause of furthering human knowledge. Thank you so much!

Should you have any questions, critiques, suggestions, or would just like to exchange a word or two, do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail at ak445@georgetown.edu. I would be delighted to hear about your views on this topic in more detail.

Once again, thank you for your time, effort, and kindness. May it be splendidly rewarded because, as John Ruskin remarks, "a little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money."

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