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Compare Bernard Bewis And Muslim Fundamentalism

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In both given articles, Lewis and Nicolaas argue about the enhancement of the Muslim fundamentalism with different perspectives; however, I believe that Lewis’ views may be quiet misleading to the actual perception. Bernard Lewis indicates that Muslim fundamentalism is conceived through the Muslim community’s oppression and dissatisfaction with the West’s political involvement as well as Islam being a source of aggression. In defiance of his opinion, the word ‘Islam’ comes from the word peace as well as the will of submission to God. The notion of aggression and violence that Bernard conceptualizes to be the headline of Islam does not have any supportive evidence within the rules of the Islamic religion, it no more than opposes Islam’s conviction.…show more content…
What he calls ‘The Clash of Civilization’ is a term that describes the Muslim community as a whole and their unattended support of the West’s freedom of speech. Therefore, he claims that through this approach, their hatred towards the West grew, which also partly blames the West for the expansion of the Muslim fundamentalism. His justification implies that the Muslims were skeptical and resentful of the West’s freedom, in spite of this, the Muslims were only conservative and defensive of their own religious traditions. They were concerned about the West’s freedom influencing them and their younger generations. They saw change within their citizenry to be disadvantageous to their own intellectual awareness and…show more content…
“We were witnessing nothing less than a war of Islamic fundamentalism against both secularism and modernism” (Zee 2013, 4), Lewis states that Islam is an oppressed religion and the lack of secularism caused many of the wars and conflicts with the West. This however is misleading because as he generalizes the whole religion, each religion has its own pleasing as well as its atrocious adherents. As he continues to generalize the Islamic religion as a whole and state that it is indeed oppressed, he seems to lack the information about how each individual may respond differently to other cultural traditions despite any religious aspects. Islam may be viewed to be an oppressed religion, but in fact, it supports freedom and one’s voice to be spoken and heard. For example, as Islam advises women to cover up with a hijab, it certainly does not mean that women have no rights and that they should be placed at home. In fact, Islam supports and praises women in many ways, the hijab is an approach to cover her up with no intentions of making a Muslim woman any less than a Western woman or any
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