Chris Seiple of the Christian Science Monitor writes in this piece of ten terms in which we ought to “be very careful about how we use them, and in what context.” The terms, Seiple says, are stemmed from his travels and discussions with Muslims in which such phrases and words are not aiding the building of solid relationships with the Muslim world and community. They are the following: The Clash of Civilizations, Secular, Assimilation, Reformation, Jihadi, Moderate, Interfaith, Freedom, Religious Freedom, and Tolerance.
Seiple acknowledges that such words and phrases will differ and change over the years according to cultural and ethnic context and (mis)perceptions, but argues that earnestly listening to understand each other better is the chief goal.
Anas Schakfeh, head of the Islamic Faith Community in Austria (Islamische Glaubensgemeinschaft in _sterreich, IGGi_) speaks about Muslim-Austrian perceptions of their country and their fellow citizens. An Interview was conducted by the Islamische Zeitung.
The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Georgetown University, has launched the Islam and the West: Annual Report on the State of Dialogue. This first of its kind report is a systematic and thorough overview of how Muslim and Western societies perceive and relate to each other at the political, social, economic and cultural levels.
The failed bomb attacks on London and Glasgow have damaged public perceptions of Islam, a survey has suggested. An opinion poll shows that 71% of people questioned thought the abortive attacks gave Islam a bad name. The research was carried out for the religious research organisation Theos and saw 1,000 people questioned. Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdullah, 27, has been charged in connection with the car bomb attempts in London and the attack on Glasgow airport.
By Annick Hovine Plus de la moiti_ des Belges estiment que le port du voile va “_ contre-courant de la soci_t_ moderne”. Vingt pc d_clarent que “cela les d_range partout”. La soci_t_ d'”accueil” n’est pas tendre envers cette pratique musulmane. Quel regard, quels sentiments, quelles attitudes les Belges manifestent-ils _ l’_gard du port du voile ? Sont-ils bienveillants, indiff_rents ou hostiles face _ cette pratique musulmane ? Pour la premi_re fois, des chercheurs ont sond_ la soci_t_ d'”accueil” sur cette probl_matique. Objectif : _valuer l’attitude des Belges autochtones face au voile et, le cas _ch_ant, tenter de comprendre les raisons de leurs _ventuelles perceptions n_gatives.