Comparative Religion Reflection Paper

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Throughout the teachings of Islam in Comparative Religion I found myself viewing Islam differently. I have always had an open mind about religion and respected the differences throughout world religions. However with Islam, I found myself challenged when trying to respect their beliefs. I had felt like I knew everything that I needed to know about Islam and what I did know was taught to me through media and various people who were scared of the religion because of what little they knew. I had no motivation to learn anything different from what I had already been taught. Before this class I was extremely ignorant in believing that Islam as a whole religion, was a religion that is based in violence and hatred. Throughout this course, Comparative…show more content…
I was taught that Muslims want to kill westerners because their faith told them too and that they were so scared of the leaders of their communities that they felt like they had to strap bombs to their chests and kill people. I had thought that Muslims were monsters for forcing or allowing women and children to die for their cause. I also assumed that it was widely supported in Islam. Before this class I had no idea how big Islam actually was. To learn that there was 1.6 billion Muslims blew my mind. Then to fatherly learn that only 2 percent of Muslims were extremists and that only a small amount of Muslims are located in the Middle East wiped my existence away. A majority of Muslims do not support extremism and only want to be viewed separately from extremists. Comparative Religions showed me their views differ greatly from extremists. I now have a deeper understanding of the views of Islam and how they just want to be safe and…show more content…
I learned that there are women who are very conservative and believe they should be only seen by men such as their own husband or father and when they see another woman who is not covered they look at her in the same way her male counterpart would look at that woman. This can also be said for more liberal Muslims who still believe a woman should cover her head. However, many Muslims also believe that it is the woman 's choice to wear a headdress. This is the same in the Western world, as a westerner I know conservative women who look down at other women who wear very revealing clothing. I understand that the nature of Islam is not there to suppress women. Muslim women do have many freedoms. An example of this that I learned in Comparative Religions is that women can divorce their husbands if they wanted
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