The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer

UAE Recognition of Israel Dents Emirati Religious Soft Power

September 9, 2020

The United Arab Emirates’ establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel is damaging its efforts to garner religious soft power by projecting itself as a model of Islamic moderation and tolerance and a force for peace. The UAE move has sparked splits within a key group, created and nurtured by the Gulf state, to project its image as a moderate religious power.

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