The Arab/Israeli Conflict as the Main Source of Tension Between the Muslim Community and the West
The paper examines the extent to which the Arab/Israeli conflict contributes to tensions between the Muslim world and the West.
# 147290 | 1,675 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2009 |
Published on Mar 11, 2011 in Religion and Theology (Islam) , Religion and Theology (Judaism) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Political Science (Terrorism)
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The paper provides a detailed assessment of the Arab/Israeli conflict and its influence on tension between the Islamic world and the West. The paper examines a number of religious factors and issues such as the status of Jerusalem and its importance in Islamic tradition which, it contends, is the primary reason for Muslim antipathy towards Israel. According to the paper, it is the West's consistent support of Israeli that has ultimately caused the resurgence of anti western sentiment in the Arab Muslim world and terrorism.
From the Paper:"The historical relationship between the Muslim world and the West has often been one of enmity and distrust. Moreover, in recent years the divisions have appeared to become more protracted and divisive. In definitional terms it is sometimes problematic to use ambiguous terms like Muslim and Western 'Worlds'. However, it is nonetheless important to note that that the history of relations between the two has invariably been characterised by "continuing and deeply conflictual relations between Islam and Christianity".
"This historical tendency towards disagreement and division has manifested itself in a number of ways. Central among these is the ongoing conflict between Israel and her Arab neighbours which since the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948 has come to personify the lasting nature of disagreement between Islam and the West. Moreover, although some academic authorities have attempted to play down its significance; it is certainly possible to see the manner in which religious motivation has often formed the foundation on which age old tensions rest. As such, any assessment of the modern conflict between Israel and the Arabs must ultimately be based on a religious foundation whilst simultaneously accounting for other factors."
Sample of Sources Used:
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- Cragg, Kenneth, "The Finality of the Qur'an and the Contemporary Politics of Nations". In Geaves et al (eds.), 2004, p.51-62.
- Geaves, Ron. Gabriel Theodore., Haddad, Yvonne and Smith Idelman, Jane. (eds). "Islam and the West Post 9/11" Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.
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