Study: Islam political factions fuel anti-Americanism

July 10, 2012

A pair of political scientists suggest that anti-Americanism in the Islamic world is fueled largely by internecine conflicts among Islamic political factions rather than individual attitudes towards American culture, policies and diplomacy. Their study was published in the American Political Science Review.

Drew Linzer, an assistant professor of political science at Emory, and Lisa Blaydes, an assistant professor of political science at Stanford, collected data from 13,000 Muslims in twenty-one Islamic countries and “found evidence to suggest the amount of heated rhetoric between political elites in secular and religious groups within Muslim countries plays a central role in cultivating anti-American attitudes,” according to an Emory Report article.

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