The Role of Women and Community in Christianity Versus Islam

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Christianity and Islam are two of the world’s largest and most recognized religions. They are both religions believing in one God and each has a holy book, the Qur’an and the Bible. Both books encourage belief in God and teach patience and honesty. They both also forbid lying and stealing and believe in some type of Heaven and Hell. So, if they have so much in common, why is there so much conflict between the two? This question is the exact reason why I chose to take World Religion. I thought it was important to learn and understand the beliefs of other religions so that I could better understand the issues affecting our society today. But that is easier said than done. It is hard to separate the actual religion from the outside influences and people using religion for their own purpose. In this essay I will focus on some of the ethical differences of these two cultures; the role of women and the view of community. As society has changed throughout the span of life on earth so has the view of women socially and religiously. Both Christianity and Islam agree that women and men were created by God, but things are unclear from that point on. The Christian idea of Adam and Eve is illustrated in the Bible as follows, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner” (Timothy, 2.11-14). What this reveals is that they believe that Eve is to blame for seducing Adam to eat the forbidden fruit. The Islamic perception of Eve (Hawwa), the belief is that everyone is responsible for their own actions and both Adam and Haww... ... middle of paper ... ...ting, LLC, 2008-2013. Web. 14 Oct. 2013. “Islam.” Al Islam. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, 1995-2013. Web. 14 Oct. 2013. “Comparing Christian and Muslim Beliefs about Women”. Kids of Courage. The Voice of the Martyrs, Inc., 17 June 2008. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. Fadel, Mohammad. “Community and Structure.” Patheos. Avalon Consulting, LLC, 2008-2013. Web. 14 Oct. 2013. “Islamic Social Systems”, Lebanese Moslem Association, 2010. Web. 9 Nov. 2013. Sharma, Arvind. Today’s Woman In World Religion. Albany: State university of New York Press, 1994. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 7 Nov. 2013. Hurley, Jennifer A., ed. Islam Opposing View Points. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2000. Print. The Holy Bible: King James Version. Iowa Falls, IA: World Bible Publishers, 2001. Holy Bible: New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978. Quran. Quran.com, Web. 2 Nov. 2013.

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