Religion And Politics : The Middle East

1007 Words Dec 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Gerald Ankapong
Professor Turner
Poli 351
25 October 2016
Religion and Politics
Religion plays a central role in Middle Eastern politics, in part because political struggles have for centuries been understood as religious conflicts and in part because of the intimate ties of the three Abrahamic faiths in the region. The middle east is the birthplace of the world’s three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The fact that religion and politics have a long history in the Middle East does not mean that religion is always, or even most of the time, a crucial factor driving political conflicts. Most of the politics of the Middle East have been viewed by those inside and outside the region as driven by religious difference. From the Arab-Israeli conflict to the Iranian revolution to the emergence of extremist groups such as al-Qaeda, religion has indeed been at the center of major political struggles in the region, with regimes, opposition groups, and everyday citizens routinely.
Religion is a vital part of daily life in every Middle Eastern country, informing the ways in which most ordinary citizens understand politics as well as their own place in the world. Today, the political left in Israel views the Israel state more as a protector of the Jewish community than as a strictly religious state. On the right, Zionism is broadly viewed as an effort to realize God’s intention that the Jewish people establish a Kingdom of God in that specific land. Today, Judaism…
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