Islamic world and the West seen drifting apart in absence of a viable solution
By Samir Salama, Gulf News, May 19, 2011
Dubai: As the Arab spring re-energises the Palestinian issue, experts at a regional conference promoting inter-cultural dialogue in Abu Dhabi underscored the fact that unless and until the issue is resolved in a just manner, relations between Muslims and the West will remain tense.
"Resolving the question of Palestine is central to reducing tensions between Islam and the West," Dr Nader Hashemi, assistant professor of Middle East and Islamic Affairs, University of Denver, told the conference being held on the theme ‘Islam and the West: A civilised dialogue'. The conclave is being co-organised by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research and the School of Policy and International Affairs at the University of Maine.
Dr Hashemi said the tendency to view the Israel-Palestine conflict by those on either …