Study sees distrust between Muslims and West

A report released by the World Economic Forum says relations between Muslims and the West are marred with distrust and disrespect, and are getting worse.

This content was published on January 21, 2008 - 15:36

The study said most people in Muslim and non-Muslim countries feel a lack of respect from the other, and that on both sides media coverage is more negative than positive.

In the West, political and militant Islam was often highlighted, while in Muslim majority countries, the West received only around six per cent favourable coverage.

Respondents in North America and Israel - areas with highest rates of distrust - believe more dialogue is necessary, while in Europe, the majority believe integration will cause more problems.

The study, published on Monday, was carried out in more than 20 Muslim majority countries and non-Muslim majority countries.

It comes ahead of the opening of the WEF annual meeting in the Swiss resort of Davos on Wednesday.

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