It looks like while we’ve been busy with various AID Conferences and Global Scholar, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a very interesting hearing entitled Islam and the West: Searching for Common Ground.  One of the people providing testimony was Andrew Kohut from the Pew Global Attitudes Project.  The final paragraph sums up the general themes that Mr. Kohut presented in his speech:

“As events of the past year in Europe have indicated, there is a broad divide between Westerners and Muslims around the world. Our latest surveys have detailed the nature of the complaints from both sides. Misunderstanding, value differences, and economics based resentment have led to suspicion and created a mutually acknowledged divide. The good news is that Muslims in Europe, despite their concerns about their future are nonetheless far more moderate and positive toward the West than are Muslims living in the Mideast, Africa, and Asia. Their attitudes and the general populations in the host countries suggest that exposure may lead to improved understanding, mostly.”

Check out the entire testimony, along with handy graphs detailing public opinion polls that have been conducted in a variety of countries both in the West and Muslim World.

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