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  1. 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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    • What Islamic innovations might we take for granted in Western society today?

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      Mehran Kamrava explains the influence of Islamic innovations such as the concept of "zero" on contemporary Western society.

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      • How is Islam represented in the visual arts and architecture?

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        Mehran Kamrava charts the emergence of Islamic architecture, calligraphy and other visual arts from their origins to their influence today.

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        • Is the source of most conflict in the Middle East religious or political?

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          Mehran Kamrava outlines the complexities that intertwine political conflicts with religion in the Middle East.

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          • What does feminism mean to Muslim women?

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            Mervat Hatem describes the evolution of different understandings and expressions of feminism by Muslim women in the 21st Century.

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            • How do non-Muslim feminists view Islam?

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              Mervat Hatem describes how non-Muslim feminists often see Islamic dress seen as anti-feminism. However, Muslim women are clear that this shouldn't clash with their demands for equality, political…

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              • What are the differences between Sunni and Shia Muslims?

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                Abbas Barzegar gives a history of Sunni and Shia Muslims and recalls that their separation stems from a difference in beliefs about the events that followed the Prophet Mohammed's passing.

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                • What role will religion play in the formation of new governments in the Middle East and North Africa?

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                  Abbas Barzegar charts the emergence of Islamic political parties, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, and their potential role in the formation of new governments in the Middle East and North Africa.

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                  • Should people in non-Muslim-majority countries fear Islamic political parties?

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                    Abbas Barzegar describes how Islamic political parties are received differently in non-Muslim-majority countries depending on each country's pre-existing exposure to similar groups.

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                    • What myths surround the role of social media in achieving political or social change?

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                      Abbas Barzegar explains how social media have opened up the worldview of people in Muslim-majority countries.

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                      • What is the Muslim Brotherhood?

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                        Ellis Goldberg gives an account of the evolution of the Muslim Brotherhood, from its origins to present day.

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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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                          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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