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  1. AMD ALREADY EDITED How does the media influence Muslims' self-perception?

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    Riem Spielhaus discusses how media portrayal of Muslims is entering the public's sub-consciousness. Interview and video editing by Emoke Bebiak.

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    • Are democracy and theocracy compatible?

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      Melody Moezzi unpacks the complications involved in reconciling democratic values and theocratic governments. Interview by Reuben Stern. Video editing by Danny Matteson.

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      • Are Muslims integrated into Western society yet?

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        Riem Spielhaus addresses the common misconception that Muslims are not integrated into Western societies. Interview and video editing by Emoke Bebiak.

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        • Are the tensions between the Muslim world and the Western world political or religious?

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          John Esposito argues that political tensions run the risk of being misconstrued as religious ones. Interview and video editing by Danny Matteson.

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          • Can Muslims in Europe be thought of as one community?

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            Riem Spielhaus discusses the disconnect between Muslim and non-Muslim perceptions of European Muslims. Interview and video editing by Emoke Bebiak.

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            • Can we change narratives about Islam through new media?

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              Goran Larsson explains how new media can have positive and negative effects on narratives surrounding Islam.

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              • Can you be a good Muslim and a good American?

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                American Muslims -- who have counted two members of Congress among their community since 2001 -- have not found their religious identity a barrier to being a good American, says Muqtedar Khan. Interview…

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                • Did the Arab Spring change perceptions of Muslims in the US and Europe?

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                  Eid Mohamed examines the impact of the Arab Spring on Western perceptions of Muslim values.

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                  • Does the hijab prevent women from contributing to society?

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                    Sarah Joseph says that it is not the role of the state to forbid freedom of expression through clothing, and it is time to stop playing politics with women's bodies. Interview and video editing…

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                    • How accurately does the US public perceive the scale of Islamic terrorism in the world?

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                      Charles Kurzman makes the case that the threat of Islamic terrorism is usually overblown in the media, causing a disproportionate amount of fear toward Islam amongst the general public.

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                      • How and when have negative views of Islam surfaced in the US and Europe in recent history?

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                        Dietrich Jung talks about how and when negative attitudes toward Muslims have surfaced with reference to 3 periods, concluding that, in modern times, there has been a tendency to perceive Islam and…

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                        • How are Muslim-majority and Western societies portrayed in film?

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                          Eid Mohamed unpacks the stereotypes about both Muslim-majority and Western societies that are reflected in film.

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                          100 Questions About Islam

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                          Current debates about integration, religious freedom and cultural diversity highlight growing levels of tensions between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the US and Europe—most of which are founded on a lack of information.

                          For that reason, we have set out to provide a range of answers to questions at the heart of relations between Muslims and non-Muslims today. For example, what is Sharia law? What is the role of religion in the public space? And how have the Arab Spring revolutions begun to change that? What values do Muslim and non-Muslims share? Are we really so different, after all?


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                          Current debates about integration, religious freedom and cultural diversity highlight growing levels of tensions between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the US and Europe—most of which are founded on a lack of information.

                          For that reason, we have set out to provide a range of answers to questions at the heart of relations between Muslims and non-Muslims today. For example, what is Sharia law? What is the role of religion in the public space? And how have the Arab Spring revolutions begun to change that? What values do Muslim and non-Muslims share? Are we really so different, after all?

                          This is a joint project between the British Council's Our Shared Future program, the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, featuring members of the Our Shared Future Opinion Leaders Network.

                          The videos on this website reflect the personal views of the participants. This project was made possible in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The British Council, the Carnegie Corporation and our partners bear no responsibility for the content of the interviews or the views expressed by participants in the 100 Questions About Islam project.

                          Content may not be rebroadcast or republished on any other channel or website without the consent of the British Council and UN Alliance of Civilizations. To request consent, please contact Kara Hadge at kara.hadge@britishcouncil.org.

                          For more information on each of these programs, visit the following websites:

                          oursharedfuture.org
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                          journalism.missouri.edu/
                          acmcu.georgetown.edu

                          For biographies of the interviewees, visit this page: britishcouncil.org/new/society/belief-in-dialogue/our-shared-future/Our-Network/Our-Shared-Future-Opinion-Leaders-Network/.

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