23 June 2006

The great divide

How Muslims & Westerners view each other.

A recent global survey carried out by the PEW center shows how deep mutual suspicion exists between Muslims and Westerners.

Many westerners see Muslims as fanatical, violent and intolerant. For their part Muslims see Westerners as selfish, immoral and greedy. The researchers took opinion from 14,000 people in 13 countries.

The report, which was published on Thursday, talks of the great divide between Muslims ans Westerners and how each blames the other for the poor relations that exist.

Muslims blame western policy for their own lack of prosperiety, whilst Westerners blame corrupt government, lack of education and Islamic fundamentalism for holding Muslims back.

Another big divide in opinion is how each views the others treatment of women. Westerners do not regard Muslims as respectful of women, whilst Muslims hold similar views of Westerners.

You can view the full report here:


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