Islam and Identity Term Paper

Islam and Identity
A look at the extent to which Islamic belief systems have impacted upon identity in the Middle East and North African regions.
# 118781 | 2,510 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | GB
Published on Feb 23, 2010 in Religion and Theology (Islam) , Sociology (General)


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This paper discusses how the religion of Islam is central to an understanding of the Middle East and North Africa's most distinguished features - the religious vitality that infuses every aspect of its social, cultural and political life. The pape looks at how religious identity is deeply embedded in the beliefs and daily practices of the Middle Eastern and North African societies and how Islam has become the vocabulary of daily life, changing the language of politics, aspects of national culture and ethnic tradition.

From the Paper:

"Identity is an underlying concept in the modern social psychology. "The nature and formation of group identity, as well as the construction of individual identity, is the subject of much theoretical and empirical inquiry." (Lori Peek, Becoming Muslim: The Development of a Religious Identity, in Sociology of Religion, Vol. 66, No. 3(Autumn, 2005), p215-242) Identity defines and describes individuals' sense of self, group incorporation and structural positions. Identity results from internal subjective comprehension, self-reflection, and external characterizations. Opposed to earlier understandings that identity is fixed and unalterable, today identity is more often viewed as a process of "becoming" rather than just "being". Individual identity can change over time, due to larger social changes and personal experiences. (Lori Peek, Becoming Muslim: The Development of a Religious Identity, in Sociology of Religion, Vol. 66, No. 3(Autumn, 2005), p215-242)
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Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, Roy, 2009, Politics and Changes in the Middle East, Pearson Prentice Hall
  • Ayubi, Nazih, 1993, Political Islam: religion and Politics in the Arab World, Routhledge
  • Cleveland W. and Bunton, M, 2009, A History of the Modern Middle East, Boulder: Westview Press
  • Fawcett, Louise, 2005, International Relations of the Middle East, Oxford University Press
  • Lewis, Bernard, 1999, The multiple identities of the Middle East, Phoenix

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