The Islamic World's Tension with the West The Islamic world has changed because of interactions with the West, altering some of the cultural definitions used by both sides and changing the way Islamic societies define themselves. Societies today called Islamist were formerly known as Muslim. This has been part of a cultural shift as religion and culture have become mutually synonymous. Countries with Muslim majorities were deemed Muslim countries until about a decade ago, and now they are called Islamic countries, a harder definition based on religious belief. Muslims see Muslim and Islamic as two different things, while Westerners do not make the same distinction. Several countries that only came into existence in recent decades are...The end:
.....e when the enemy was communism. The author notes Huntington’s thesis about the clash of civilizations and the way this view governs Western thinking to a great degree, especially in the United States. The author also notes that in the Muslim world, the majority of politically active Islamicists were pro-West, finding as well that the aggressive stance of the west ande Israel together has created a backlash and fostered a number of Islamic groups dedicated to promoting Islamic states and policies while seeking to counter Western and pro-Israel policies. The population in Islamic countries is more and more prepared only for puritanical, rigid, and medievalist regimes, which is what they are getting and what adds to the tensions with the West.