Misconceptions Of Islam In The United States

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Islam is the second most popular religion in the world, made up of 1.6 billion Muslims, representing approximately 23% of the earth’s population. With these statistics, there should be a clear understanding of the Muslim faith. However, despite its huge following around the world and the growing Muslim communities, Islam is foreign to most North Americans who are familiar with Christianity or Judaism. Islam and Muslims have become an area of major concern to the people and media, especially after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States. There are many misunderstandings about religions in general, but Islam especially. Many believe that the western world is advanced, enlightened and liberated, while Islam is primitive, ignorant and oppressed. Some misconceptions about Islam are due to the wrong beliefs and actions of Muslims, and others are due to a …show more content…

Many have the idea that women in Islam are disrespected, mistreated, or oppressed. Most are not aware that Muslins worship the same God as Jews and Christians do. It is also a stereotype that all Muslims are terrorists or promote violence. Most misconceptions of Islam are due to the lack of knowledge and misleading media reports; a problem that leads to prejudice and increasing fears. When a person thinks of Muslim woman they may picture a woman who is devalued and underappreciated. People often blame the Islamic religion for the injustices towards women, when in all actually they are imposed by the politics and society of Islamic nations. Muslim women’s dress, role in the household and in society are common misconceptions of the Western world. The Western society’s stereotypical view of Muslim women is misplaced. People picture a woman covered head to toe in

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  • Explains that islam is the second most popular religion in the world, made up of 1.6 billion muslims, representing approximately 23% of the earth’s population.
  • Opines that western society's stereotypical view of muslim women is misplaced. the quran states, "draw their veils close round them" but women are not required to wear them at all times.
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