concept of west about islam i think islam is constantly degrading courtest western media.muslims are looked down upon by many people in the world.i mean people have to understand what muslims are.they should look to the good one and not search for the bad ones.they should look for the basic idea of islam and not follow those who are muslims just by name.the best thing is just to look into the history of spain and one would understand what are the true moral and social values of muslims

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All large population groups in the world are viewed with some innaccuracy and probably a whole set of biases when looked at by "outsiders". This is true of Texans looking at New Yorkers, South Americans looking at North Americans, Christians looking and Muslims and Muslims looking at Christians.

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All large population groups in the world are viewed with some innaccuracy and probably a whole set of biases when looked at by "outsiders". This is true of Texans looking at New Yorkers, South Americans looking at North Americans, Christians looking and Muslims and Muslims looking at Christians.

This doesn't mean that it's hard to find a Texan that loves New York. Maybe with a shift of emphasis, we can see the fact of prejudice as a side-note to the larger fact of universal humanity.

I think we're all only as righteous as we are sympathetic.

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Poster #3 should use the word "we" more carefully, as he doesn't speak for me, and certainly not the West in general. In fact, I think most of the original poster's suspicions are confirmed by this post. I do not trust or especially like fanatics of any creed, and there are many within the Muslim world. Whether Islam is inherently aggressive, I don't know, but it seems to me that the average person in the Muslim world has probably felt the effects of western capitalism, including American consumer culture, far more than I have any effects of Muslim expansionism. In short, I don't agree that Islam is defined by radical Islamism.

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There is certainly a problem with Muslims being misunderstood in the West.  Of course, this is somewhat normal, just as it is not that surprising that Americans and other Westerners are misunderstood in the Muslim world.  I think that both the Muslim world and the West are too quick to mistrust each other and think the worst of each other.

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