The Living Culture

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Many cultures share a common history in religious views, practices and traditions. Although they share a common heritage individual cultures have formed independently of one another becoming more complex and unique from one another. In American the most predominate religious practice is the Judeo-Christian faith, which traces its roots to Judaism. It is a commonly help belief that Judaism was the religious practice of the descendants of Abraham through his son Jacob. In Pakistan they practice the Islamic faith, which also traces its root to Abraham through another son Ishmael. Both religious practices believe in a story of creation, where God created the heavens and the earth, and created the first man and woman. In the Quran which is the holy book of the descendants of Ishmael God created Adam and his mate Hawaa to be his mate through life. In the Torah which is the religious text for the line of decent that follows Jacob God created Adam, and then from his rib he created Eve. These religious beliefs have a very similar common story of a beginning but have formed into very unique and different cultures. In Pakistan the religious practices of the modern day were greatly influenced by the prophet Mohamed who claimed to have been visited by the Arch-Angel Gabriel who convinced him to be the messenger of the one true God Allah and convert his brethren from their hedonistic lifestyles and their practice of polytheism. Many people in Mecca rejected his teachings and this resulted in violence. Over time his efforts to spread the faith of Islam was successful the faith quickly spread from the Atlantic coast to parts of Asia. This was due to their military victory and it was believed to be a sign that Allah was on their side. In ... ... middle of paper ... ...lux of cultures into the global community has accelerated this change in fundamentalism. Just like the sons of Abraham have shaped the cultural and social practices of today, so do we shape the cultures of our descendants. Redefining fundamentalism is essential until we achieve a state of equality, therefore as dangerous as dangerous as extreme relativism can, it has become a necessary component to the evolution of culture. Works Cited Bahadaur. "Women of Pakistan – Gender Inequality." Equality. Equality for the Voiceless, 9 Oct. 2012. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. Just Religious Facts. "Life of the Prophet Muhammad." The. Just Religious Facts, 17 Mar. 2004. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. Kwintessential. "Pakistan - Language, Religion, Culture, Customs and Etiquette." The Translation Agency for a Complete Professional Translation Service. Kwintessential, 2013. Web. 18 Apr. 2014.
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