Most people believe common ground exists between the West and the Islamic world
...despite current global tensions, a BBC World Service poll suggests.
In a survey of people in 27 countries, an average of 56% said they saw positive links between the cultures.
Doug Miller, president of polling company Globescan, said the results suggested that the world was not heading towards an inevitable and wide-ranging "clash of civilisations".
"Most people feel this is about political power and interests, not religion and culture," he said.