Islam and the West: A Great Divide?

Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center and director of the
Pew Global Attitudes Project, discussed the findings from the 2006 Pew
Global Attitudes survey, specifically focusing on the great divide
between Muslim and Western perceptions of each other, and the Muslim
experience in Europe. Amaney Jamal, assistant professor in the
department of politics at Princeton University, commented on the
findings. At a time when the relationship between Islam and the West
has never seemed more at odds, the survey explores several questions:
How deep is the divide? How do Muslim minorities in Europe look at
their lives and see their future? And how do perceptions differ in
predominately Muslim countries? The discussion will also address what
the findings may mean for relations between the Muslim world and the
West, between the U.S. and Europe, and for international security more
broadly.
The 2006 Pew Global Attitudes Project poll surveyed more than 14,000
people in 13 nations, including India, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan,
Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, the United States, Britain, France,
Germany and Spain. The survey of minority Muslim populations in the
four European countries was conducted in partnership with the Pew Forum
on Religion & Public Life.

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