Cultural Differences Between Christianity And Islam

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This topic deals with religion because religion consists of various cultural beliefs and these shared beliefs influence our values in society and what is acceptable or not. Two of the main religions in the world that will be viewed are Christianity and Islam. Based on a world map from the ‘World Religions,’ book it can be determined that Christianity influences territories in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. While Islam impacts the Middle East, Africa. (Matthews 1) This goes to show how widespread these religions are and how they must have a correlation with gender roles in society. Especially, because religion has dominated our life since it was established. Before Christianity …show more content…
It derived from the Arabian Desert and gained influence because of its location. For instance, Byzantine Christianity impacted the religion because Arabia was close to the sacred Christian area of Judea. A few of the tribes also practiced Judaism and Muhammad who is the prophet of Islam apparently held contact with people who believed in Zoroastrianism (Hopfe 333). Islam contrasts from Christianity in the sense that they are polytheistic, have the five pillars and so on. Within Islam there are two major classifications of Muslims: The Sunnis and the Shi’ites. The Sunnis makes up most of the Muslim population and are conservative. The way that they practice Islam is solely based on what is written in the Qur’an and early traditions. While the Shi’ites believed in having an authority figure read out the scripture to …show more content…
Both of them are similar in the sense that they follow a religious scripture, believe in a god, and have a history of treating women socially and culturally inferior. It can probably be safe to say that they are each as bad as the other. Even before a baby is born the parents already prefer it to be a boy. This can be interpreted from the phrase “….if a women have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days…but if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean too weeks….” (Leviticus 12: 2-5) The man child is a boy while the maid represents a girl because during this time period and even now women were seen as being the ones who clean after the family. It was a household chore that they did, boys on the other hand were trained to take on jobs. The portion that mentions a woman’s uncleanliness after giving birth makes me feel as if this is degrading towards women. Boys were the preference for an unborn child with Islamic families as well as seen in the phrase “He who is involved in bringing up daughters, and accords benevolent treatment towards them, they will be protection for him against Hell-Fire.” (Mohammed) This phrase suggests that women are not able to handle themselves on their own and need a helping hand from a man. Men are given praise for enabling women to be dependent on

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