The main goal is to explain the reasons for the current tension between Islam and the West. In his book, The Crisis of Islam, Bernard Lewis presents a balanced view of Islam. The book provides a large amount of information on the history of Islam and explains the reasons for the problems America has with Islam. Anyone seeking a balanced book to provide them with information on Islamic societies will almost certainly find this book to be highly enjoyable and very informative. The main arguments in the book are that the tension between Islam and the West is caused partially by the continued advantage of the West, that the Islamic states in the 20th century had a hypocritical foreign policy, and that suicide bombing is against the teaching of
Lewis, B. (September 1990) The Roots of Muslim Rage: Why So Many Muslims Deeply Resent The West, and why Their Bitterness Will Not Be Easily Mollified. The Atlantic v.266, pp.47(11).
This book of non-fiction written by Andrew Wheatcroft, interprets the history of conflict between Christendom and Islam. Wheatcroft demonstrates deep sense of morality from both Christian and Islamic perspective and writes about how it is created and how it is sustained. He goes further into the relationship between the two religions, in order to find the answer to the ultimate reason' of their constant misunderstandings. Religion is known as a set of beliefs, values, and practices that are lead to bring positive' attitude and understanding towards life. However, when various groups own a distinct form of belief, they tend to have strong opinions against each other that lead to corruption. In many cases, religion is among one of the principle sources of major conflict over centuries. Even today, the society is facing issues that involve religious matters, despite the fact that it has been repeated over and over again. This especially points out to the current war against Iraq, where suicidal attacks are caused under religious beliefs and organizations. In this book, the author determines the human rejection towards other religious society and argues on how the dark past repeats itself in the present and will continue to encircle the past if unless they are confronted.
Islam and Christianity Everybody has his or her own level of importance when it comes to religion and its meaning. Some people see religion as a reason for being, while others might use their religion as a way to remain connected to home, or even blame it for every horrible act between humans. When first looking at the Islamic faith and the Christian faith they may seem very different from each other but when we take a closer look at them and compare them we can find a lot of very important similarities between the two religions. When doing research for this assignment I came across many articles which right from the start I was able to tell were going to be one sided, depending on the authors beliefs, and not very helpful to me. Because I was raised by my mom and her side of the family which were Jehovah’s Witnesses, I was able to not only learn about the Islamic faith but also about the Christian faith with which I haven’t had a chance to become all that familiar with, as well as ways in which both these religions are similar to one another and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Bernard Lewis (1916- Present) was the one who initially coined the term, ‘clash of civilizations,’ in his influential article “Roots of Muslim Rage: Why So Many Muslims Deeply Resent the West, and Why Their Bitterness Will Not Be Easily Mollified,” published in The Atlantic Monthly, September 1990. This article appeared after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of identifying the new enemy of the United States of America.
..., this paper will talk about the forms and structure of fundamentalism specifically in Christianity and Islam. To begin the inquiry of what fundamentalism is it’s pertinent to understand how it is structured, how it responds to mainstream religions and why it exists. To define fundamentalism, fundamentalism is a reaction, whether it be religious or political, against current societal mainstream dogma or ideology. With this reaction against any set of mainstream ideology politically and religiously, what makes a group fundamentalist are define through these characteristics as Richard T. Antoun of State University of New York at Binghamton. These Antoun defines fundamentalism as, “Fundamentalist movements are defined ideologically, by their opposition to and reaction against the ideology that suits the permissive secular society, the ideology of modernism” (Antoun, 3)
This article is an extension to Samuel Huntington’s "The Clash of Civilizations"(1) therefore it will be important to briefly brush on Huntington’s article. Huntington claims that culture is the divisive factor between “Western Christianity” and “Orthodox Christianity and Islam”. Huntington also argues that the Islamic world lacks the essential political values profound in Western civilization: rule of law, separation of state and religion, protection of individual rights and civil liberties and the fruits democracy bear.
Rippin, A. (1993). Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (Vol. II: The Contemporary Period). New Fetter Lane, London: Routledge.