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In partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Our Shared Future aimed to improve public dialogue about Muslims in the US and Europe by giving access to evidence-based arguments and research of reputable experts. This program is a great example of how the British Council can partner with your organization or foundation.

Around the world, public discourse on multiculturalism, integration and diversity reveals that there is still widespread misunderstanding of Muslims and Islam. Balanced and informed voices must join the conversation to correct the stereotypes that still lead people to view the world in terms of the 'Muslim world' and the 'Western world' or 'us vs. them'.  

Watch our three different video series from the project, which includes video testimonials featuring 100 different questions about Islam.

With today’s patterns of global migration and rapidly changing demographics, there are too many opportunities for connecting those across the U.S., U.K., Europe, the Middle East and North Africa to allow an environment of distrust to separate the people of these regions.

Through this project, we aimed to build a shared understanding of our diverse cultures and religions through our work in the following areas:

  • Assembling a diverse network of academics, experts and scholars
  • Addressing enduring misconceptions that polarize relations between Muslims and non-Muslims
  • Sharing constructive research and ideas through mainstream media, video projects and online commentary

Our Shared Future ended in October 2014 as our grant with Carnegie Corporation ends. If you are interested in the role of religion in international affairs, please see Bridging Voices to learn more about another British Council project in this area.

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