Islam And Christianity

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From their origins up until 1500 Islam and Christianity both grew a lot, so did their attitudes toward merchants and trade. Both Christians and Muslims were against trading, due to it’s dishonest and overly prosperous nature, but they also both tried to justify it. This desire for justification lead to changes in theologies and belief as time progressed. Christians changed their negative views toward trade as time progress while muslims views remained negative, even though the Qur’an is more accepting of merchants. Over time, Christians accepted traders, while Muslims began to accept trade.
Both the Qur’an and the Christian Bible display their views toward merchants and trade. The Christian Bible is very negative toward the excessive amounts of money that come with being a merchant.
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(Doc 2) Both texts are negative and disapproving toward merchants and trade, but they provide ways for merchants to be accepted despite their position.
The views of both Christianity and Islam were expressed through numerous accounts throughout history, by people of religious importance and commoners. It would be very useful though to have an account from a common Muslim person that discusses trade. This would help me to analyze how trade and the religion’s views affected everyday life and how they followed the values displayed by the Qur’an and religious scholars. Many scholars and theologians talked about the religion 's’ views on trade. A monk of Durham named Reginald, who was a younger contemporary of St. Godric, wrote an account of Godric’s experience as a merchant. The text is likely to be very accurate because it was written by Reginald while Godric was still alive. He wrote about how St. Godric was a trader but lived like a peddler. This shows how being a merchant was looked down upon. Yet, St. Godric also knew that following the lifestyle he did allowed him to still be close to God. In the end he was named a saint, a highly treasured thing,

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