Islam: Philosophically Incompatible with Westernization? Analytical Essay by natashagils

Islam: Philosophically Incompatible with Westernization?
An analysis that discusses Islam's ability to globalize, and gauges its compatibility with Westernization.
# 129117 | 3,067 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010 | CA
Published on Sep 01, 2010 in Religion and Theology (Islam) , Economics (Globalization)

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This paper examines the compatibility of Islam and globalization and whether or not the religion is attuned with the existing model of Western globalization. The paper explains that Islam continues to be an essential ideological force in the lives of nearly one third of the world's Muslim population, and directly or indirectly affects the lives of millions of others. The paper goes on to note that the growth and expansion of Islamic resurgence in the recent years, and the intensification of Islamic fundamentalism has gained fuel in order to combat the popular western influence for socioeconomic reform, democratization, and liberalization. Islam is a way of life for its adherents, the paper clarifies, and a structure that dictates not only personal behavior, but also that of the society and the state. The paper compares this stance with westernization, which is now synonymous with the term globalization; it is a reflection of the separation of state and church, individualism, and materialism, and is thought by Muslims to be the root cause of social, economic and political ills. However, concludes the paper, although Westernization is condemned by Islam, globalization in its true form and modernization is not.

Westernization, Globalization, Islam
The Root of the Conflict

From the Paper:

"One of the major reasons for the current conflict between Islam and the Western world is centuries of bad blood, mistrust and fear. Starting from the Crusades, to suicide bombings and the discord between headscarves, the relationship between the two has never been smooth. The Christians, for centuries, considered Muhammad a false prophet, a belief that many in the Western world still hold. Islam, on the other hand, considers itself as belonging to Judaism and Christianity, with the three being branches of the same religion. It respects the Gospels and the Torah, but explicitly believes that the Quran alone contains the message of God."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ahmed, A. S., & Donnan, H. (1994). Islam, globalization, and postmodernity. London: Routledge.
  • Beck, U., Sznaider, N., & Winter, R. (2003). Global America?: The cultural consequences of globalization. Studies in social and political thought. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
  • Esposito, J. L. (2002). What everyone needs to know about Islam. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Gershoni, I., Erdem, Y. H., & Wokock, U. (2002). Histories of the modern Middle East: New directions. Boulder, Colo: Lynne Rienner.
  • Henry, C. (2003). DEVELOPMENT AND MODERNIZATION - A CLASH OF GLOBALIZATIONS - Obstacles to Development in the Middle East. Harvard International Review. 25 (1), 60.

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