How to describe Islam correctly? This question has been a concern for many International Relations experts. Experts realize that they face new issues in the New Millennium after almost five decades discussing the Cold War and how to end it. In the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union took a central stage. Both of them were country. In present time, non-state actors have taken part in international politics issues. Terrorists and religious groups are prominent actor in analyzing the current situation in international politics.
The 11 September 2001 incident had disenchanted experts that Islam is substantial factor in international politics. When experts and mass media tried to know what public in general thought about Islam, they found that most of the opinions were negative. According to CBS polling on 9 September 2011 conducted in the United States (Condon, 2011), one in three people believed that Muslim Americans tend to be more sympathetic towards terrorists rather than other Americans (with other religion preferences).
Another poll conducted in France generated similar results (Flynn, 2012). Most of them believe that Muslims play ‘too influential’ role in society. Furthermore, 60% of them believe that Islam is a threat to local culture rather than enriching it. Jerome Forquet from French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP) believes that Islamic issues take a central stage in France. The French-man states that every week the news discusses on the halal food issue, terrorist attack or geopolitical issues in France.
Although, the poll showed negative opinion about Islam, but we should not consider it as a religion which promote anti tolerant values and offense approach based on polling. We need to...
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