On How and Who to Dialogue with the Muslim World

International Affairs, November 2016

Posted: 2 Nov 2016

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: November 1, 2016


The struggle against terrorism in the Middle East has led to a quest to find ways to counter the appeal of violent extremists. Thus far, US counter-messaging has failed to articulate a normative position that is responsive to the deeply-held beliefs of the majority of the world’s Muslims. To form a sounder approach, one must acknowledge that there are two fundamentally different interpretations of Islam, both of which are supported by a close reading of the Qur’an and major texts. This article explains the reasons behind the US’s previous failure to clearly articulate its message. It concludes with raising the question of which messenger is best equipped to promote the normative message and what steps are required to lift the chosen agent to the needed scale.

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, On How and Who to Dialogue with the Muslim World (November 1, 2016). International Affairs, November 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2862547

Amitai Etzioni (Contact Author)

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