(And why Senegal thinks we’re pretty great)
The two usual answers for “why the Muslim world hates us” are “our policy pisses them off”–in other words, what we do–and “our culture pisses them off”–in other words, who we are.
In last month’s American Political Science Review, Lisa Blaydes and Drew Linzer argue
that Muslim anti-Americanism is predominantly a domestic, elite-led phenomenon that intensiﬁes when there is greater competition between Islamist and secular-nationalist political factions within a country. Although more observant Muslims tend to be more anti-American, paradoxically the most anti-American countries are those in which Muslim populations are less religious overall, and thus more divided on the religious–secular issue dimension.