Essay On Islamic Culture

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Islamic Culture

I. Introduction 3
II. Islamic teachings and their interpretation in different countries and cultures. 3
a) Islamic teaching on the right of women and dressing mode 3
b) Concept of Jihad forcing non-Muslims to accept the faith. 4
a) Teachings of banking institutions and interests - Participation in banking institutions. 5
b) Teachings of Muslim holidays and prayer times. 5
c) Resistance to global secularization. 6
d) Acceptance of diversity. 6
III. Contrast and how misunderstandings impact the way Muslims and non-Muslims interact. 7
IV. Conclusion. 8
References 9

I. Introduction
Islam emerged in 600s C.E in the Middle East, centuries after Judaism and Christianity. The religion was taught by Muhammad, born in Mecca Arabia, at around 570 C.E. teaching the Muslims to submit to only one God. The Islamic religion and culture
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the Islamic culture is viewed as oppressive, irrational, backward, and patriarchal because of the incorporation of the traditional Islamic culture and absence of the civic culture. The countries view the resistance to secularization as rejection of democracy, equality, rule of law- the notions which the Muslims struggle to bring to their countries. According to Huntington, the western ideas of free market, separation of the church and the state face little opposition in primary Islamic countries. The difference is mainly due to power structures and political realities in the United States and Middle East countries like Iraq and Iran. There is a general perception of incompatibility of the Muslim and western values. Islam has been interpreted as not simply as a religious institution but as a political ideology that underpins the state activities. Islam has been perceived to legitimize governments overthrowing, justify monarchies, and defend authoritarianism. The Muslims have been though to legitimize their understanding of the state as established by Prophet

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