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Publication Date: May 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Lisa A. Curtis

Series: Heritage Lecture

Topic: Culture and religion (Multiculturalism and cultural relations)

Keywords: National security; Muslim

Type: Speech

Coverage: United States


Recent polls show that large majorities of Muslim populations believe the U.S. seeks to undermine Islam as a religion. Defeating terrorist ideology requires that we dispel such negative perceptions and win support from moderate Muslims worldwide through deeper cultural engagement, people-to-people exchanges, targeted assistance that asserts America's "soft ower," and unified public messages that are consistent with our actions.