Due to the contemporary social and political climate in the world, it is more important than ever to acknowledge and investigate both Eastern and Western contributions to civilization. This may allow for the creation of insight and enlightenment that can instigate building bridges of appreciation and understanding among people of various cultures and ideologies (AbuSulayman, 2011). It may be possible to reduce conflict between "the East" and "the West" by acknowledging the ways in which these two entities have interacted in the past. Rather than the focus on the grim realities of current conflict and destruction, it is suggested that a reflective process take place, striving to pay homage to the individually unique legacies of both Islam and Christianity. There is vast evidence that demonstrates the ways in which people of various religious backgrounds have worked together to share knowledge and further the development of humanity throughout history (Morgan, 2007). This process can encourage humans to understand critically the true elements of interaction. In this, we must ignore a history of ignorance that forgets, misunderstands, suppresses, and rewrites the truths of our existence.

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Eid, M. (Mahmoud), & Karim, K. (2014). Public policy and the clash of ignorance. In Engaging the Other: Public Policy and Western-Muslim Intersections (pp. 213–225). doi:10.1057/9781137403698_11

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