Islam’S Nationalism, Ethnicity, And Religion . Since The

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Islam’s Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Religion Since the beginning of time humans have always wanted to belong to a group whether it be faith, nationality, or society. Nevertheless, Islam’s theories and ideologies regarding nationalism, religion, and ethnicity are different compared to most. Christianity is one of the biggest and most known religions in modern day. However, if we compare the two we can see that they are different, but similar in many aspects and backgrounds. Comparing the two will entail a better understanding on the importance, impact, and approaches that one can pursue to better define Islam and Christianity’s impact in modern day. First, understanding the background and core of Islam is vital to better understating its…show more content…
Truly the Arab has no superiority over the non-Arab nor the non-Arab over the Arab” (Cooks 8). Unlike Christianity who endure hardship over the Jew and non-Jew ideology, Islam went on to expand greatly. The identity of Islam was no more; anyone could join whether you were Arab or non-Arab the playing field had been leveled. This led to the expansion of Islam and its followers increasing. Also, their unity in stripping away ethnicity and promoting unity attracted more followers. However, identity and politics later developed into inequalities between Arab and non-Arabs in the early 1730’s in Istanbul (Cooks 18). This played a role in discrimination and turmoil between the two groups. Many argued that non-Arabs couldn’t run the country and that non-Arabs got better jobs than Arabs. Nevertheless, they overcame this issue and preserved Islam. In doing Muslim solidarity had denied and strayed away from Western-nationalist ideologies, but it almost cost them their existence. However, it also preserved their religion and unified them together, but their identity was still questionable. Fast forward to modern day the Muslin identity crisis is at its highest point many Arab countries believe in nationalism, but many Muslims condemn it (Cooks 43). They believe that Islam itself has no
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