Essay on christianity verses islam

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DBQ Christianity VS Islam The attitudes of Christianity and Islam toward merchants and trade are similar yet different. Over time Christian and Islamic attitudes towards the merchants and trade have changed. The attitudes of Christianity and Islam toward merchants and traders are similar. A way that these two religions attitudes towards their merchants and trade was that they both allowed being treated better under god easier for merchants to achieve if they were honest about what their trade. In the Muslim Qur’an it states “On the day of judgment, the honest, truthful Muslim merchant will take rank with the martyrs of the faith” (Doc 2). This statement proves that merchants could be treated better under god if they were honest. Also…show more content…
Over time both Christianity and Islam attitudes towards merchants and trade changed. Christianity started off with the Christian merchants not bidding with the traders to bidding with the traders. Thomas Aquinas wrote “the seller must not impose upon the bidder” (Doc 4). And this change was presented when a letter was written placing an order for English wool saying “with god always before us, we will carry out your bidding” (Doc 6). Both these statements could be bias due to the writer, the first quote from Aquinas could be bias because he was a theologian which means he studied gods and so he could have wrote more about what the bible states and not what actually happened. Then the letter was written by a merchant which means they could have had different experiences with trade than other merchants. Islam started off with their merchants needing to be honest and ended up with their merchants seeking to make profits and gambling, and gambling for more money is not very truthful. The Qur’an it states “On the day of judgment, the honest, truthful Muslim merchant will take rank with the martyrs of the faith” (Doc 2). Ibn Khaldun a leading Muslim scholar wrote “We have already stated that traders must buy and sell and seek profits” and he wrote “they come under the heading of gambling” (Doc 5). All in all both Christianity and Islamic attitudes toward
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