Religious wars have raging between radical Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and all other opposing religions for longer then our world history has been recorded. The most well-known Holy War involving the religion of Islam is the... ... middle of paper ... ... the radical, which has been known to be misused against those offering the solution of resolution. The empowerment, education, and assistance of the general population is the one and only direct route towards initiating a successful journey back to peaceful relations and ending the bloodshed that has ruled the history pages of the Middle East for far too long. Although it is possible, the possibility should not be expected to translate into reality while the radical Islam's still hold positions of intimidating force and control. We can only hope that the movement shrinks and loses momentum long enough for the outside forces to infiltrate the bubble of fear, ignorance, and religious intolerance long enough to effectively equip the non-radical population with the tools to repair the shredded state of the Middle East.
By exploring various subtopics presented in each article, the compatibility paradigm can be justified. In doing so, I will address the democratic and Islamic conceptual overlap, the difference in matters of perspective with regards to philosophy, and democracy as seen in the world today, specifically, how it continues to impact the Muslim community. While both articles exhibit the com... ... middle of paper ... ...ocracy are compatible with each other. Both Ahmad and Lewis emphasize the endless possibilities awaiting the Muslims if they were to adopt this system of government. If the Muslims of this generation are able to accept the true, fair nature of democracy, then many of the Islamic countries facing destruction, poverty, crime, and fraud can resurface with a new identity.
Civilizations developed by culture and may be of a single diversity or made up with multiple diversities, which draws a negative conclusion of Huntington's essay "The Clash of Civilizations" based on many factors. A closer examination of Huntington's essay reveals that he more or less followed the works even taking the title from Bernard Lewis essay "The Roots of Muslim Rage" where he stated, "that we are facing a mood and movement in Islam far transcending the level of issues and policies and the governments that follow them. This is no less a class of civilizations. Perhaps it is irrational, but surely historic receptions of an ancient rival against our Judeo Christian heritage, our secular present, and the worldwide expansion of both. It is crucially important that we on our si... ... middle of paper ... ...ountid=32521 Huntington S (1996) The Clash of Civilizations http://www.hks.harvard.edu/fs/pnorris/Acrobat/Huntington_Clash.pdf Inglehart,R & Norris,P (2003) The True Clash of Civilizations http://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/162/27604.html NPR (2013) A Look Back At A Predicted 'Clash Of Civilizations http://www.npr.org/2013/09/03/218627286/a-look-back-at-a-predicted-clash-of- civilizations Pfaff, W. (2006).
Even prior to the events of 9/11, the religion of Islam has been under scrutiny by the media. Edward Said, infamous for his works on Orientalism has greatly contributed to our understanding of the Western misunderstanding of the Eastern based religion. Said has defined Orientalism as the Western’s style of domination, reconstruction, and authority over the Orient (Said 1978: 3). Orientalism has observable effects in the most forms of media. As a result, and irrational fear of Islam and those that practice the religion began-Islamophobia.
One scholar writes, “Muslims for centuries have engaged themselves and the world in pursuit of inner jihad. This has been their way of ... ... middle of paper ... ...an inner struggle to follow the teachings of Islam remains a core value in Muslim faith. While Saladin’s interpretation of Jihad changed the religion of Islam, it was not nearly as radical as the present day alterations. Works Cited Gabrieli, Francesco and E. J. Costello, trans. Arab Historians of the Crusades.
The first one is a Muslim’s internal struggle to live out the Islamic faith as close to Allah’s teachings as possible. The secondis the struggle to develop a faithful and strong Muslim society that will thrive in Muhammad’s teachings. And the last struggle is the most controversial and most widelypublicized: the struggle to defend Islam. 1 Though there is some controversy surrounding this claim, the internal struggle is said to be called the greater Jihad. This refers to the effort Muslims put forth to live as closely to their faith as possible.
When viewers tune into the news, it is sometimes difficult to unravel the layers of information that is being fed to them by the media and the U.S. government. In its most literal form, the term “jihad is an Arabic term meaning, as a noun, ‘struggle’ or, as a verb, ‘to exert effort’ toward a goal” (International Ency 1). However, in Mary Pat Fisher’s book Living Religions the chapter on Islam discusses how the definition of the term jihad is “commonly mistranslated as ‘holy war’ (Fisher 148). While the media frequently portrays jihad consistent with the idea of “struggle,” the media almost always flips the definition on its head by suggesting that this struggle is a malicious struggle between two groups of peoples, each of whom believes that righteousness, and in many cases God, is on their side and evil is on the other side. Suggesting that jihad and violence are in connection with each other has been the case since pre-modern times.
Islam is a rich and complex religion that is often misunderstood in the modern world. There have been many obstacles that have been faced. Islam wouldn't exist today with its leaders, the Crusades, and their empires. The most important leader was, of course, Muhammad. He basically set up Islam and preached and converted many to this religion.
They all believe in and they are all committed to Islam and its values of doing good and spreading it. However the concrete reality is that natural barriers such as geography and ethnicity in addition to political, economic and cultural barriers, under colonialism and post colonial era have obstructed the supposed unity of the umma. Nevertheless, the challenges and dangers muslims have been facing in the contemporary world ought to revitalize the awareness of unity and integrity of the muslim communal body. From another angle, the entire world is witnessing an era of globalism through its speedy communications, and transportations with all its negatives and its positives. This may be an opportunity for the muslims to surmount the barriers and gain some kind of unity at least in their thinking and feelings.
Samuel P. Huntington thesis has been in center of debates for many years. Moreover, his prediction that main conflicts in near future is between the West (the United States and allies) versus Islamic Civilization has triggered controversy among International Relations scholars. This paper tries to analyze three main supportive arguments from Huntington thesis in the West v. Islam conflict. Democracy System v. Islamic Laws Samuel P. Huntington stated that Muslims unable to accept democracy because of the nature of Islamic law and this situation potentially lead to the virulent clash between the West and Islamic countries. He argued that Islam is the exclusive religion which is not flexible to adopt another political idea.