I think you have a really good point. I chose, as an adult, to become Muslim and I am aware that I see Islam in quite a different way to most Middle Eastern Muslims I talk with every day. A majority of their 'issues' are to do with land, money, power and cultural upbringing. My husband has the most distorted view of Middle eastern history and the fact that they are taught from children that western history books are a web of lies for propaganda purposes against the arabs, does not ease the tensions whether real or imaginary. Oh for a bit of honesty all around.
Have you read any of the Nostradamus prophesies about the future of religion? Really very fascinating.
Culture, land, power and religion ! Yes it is sometimes difficult to step outside ones own culture and religion especially if traditions go back far enough. It is very glib to say "when we all believe in the same God, why the disputes " when history and tradition go deeper. I often think places have memories.
Colonialism has a lot to answer for, breaking up traditional boundaries, making borders for convenience.
I must get around to reading Nostradamus properly