Common Misunderstandings About Muslims

ABC News sorts out myths from the facts.

ByABC News
February 25, 2008, 11:20 AM

Feb. 26, 2008— -- Muslim culture often isn't very well understood in America. To help sort out fact from fiction, ABC News addresses several common ways Muslims are misunderstood.

Misconception: The terms "Muslim" and "Arab" are synonymous.

Misconception: Muslim women are oppressed and forced to wear the hijab.


Misconception: Islam promotes violence and terrorism.

Misconception: Nearly all American Arabs are recent immigrants.