Radicalism In America

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This paper’s goal is to identify the factors that influence the integration of Muslims within American and European culture and to answer the question of which is more attracted to radicalism. Firstly, this paper will look at the movement of Muslims throughout the world and how they integrate into these new societies. Second, the unique characteristics and values of American Muslims and European Muslims will be detailed to establish an understanding of key differences. Thirdly, this paper will discuss the importance of the values and effects of Westernization from the Muslim point of view and finally, the exposure to radicalism by the two groups will be thoroughly examined to determine which group, American or European, is affected greater. …show more content…
The entirety of Muslim history and culture is too vast for this topical essay, but certain aspects of their migration to the United States and Europe can be drawn into a systemized blueprint of their growing culture. Muslim majority countries such as Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Egypt are just a few of the hundreds of countries that now have a Muslim population. However, there are only fifty-two countries in which the Muslim practice is the majority, and only four of these are considered ‘Islamic States’, where the Islamic law plays a direct role in the government. The Islamic faith had continually expanded its reach across the world since the days of Muhammad in 622. These conquests of lands allowed Islam culture and practice to grow, which resulted in the faith taking root and flourishing (BBC.co.uk, 2016). These newly occupied lands were now places in which Muslims could express their identities and practice their religion with little …show more content…
Overall, their transition into these nations was not ideal, however many were able to hold a satisfactory job and their families could be taken care of. Yet their integration within these societies had some hardships as well that are still present today. It is well understood that Muslims are religiously active and their practices need accommodations (Meer and Mood, 2016). In Europe, this recognition of Islam practices did not function properly in accommodating the immigrants. A major issue within the nations of Europe was the relationship between church and state and the presence of Muslims and their explicit culture. In some regions of Europe, notably Greece, Muslims had very little authoritative power within the government and many were forced to travel to Thrace in order to have Islamic marriages and funerals. Discrimination like this has been prevalent throughout Europe and most recently has prompted the question of radicalistic attractions due to subordinate treatment and little political involvement. On the other hand, Islam has received royal recognition in the country of Denmark, which revealed that coexistence of religions is possible, yet Muslims continued to struggle in these nations. In order to remedy this issue, the British government created a new legislation, entitled as the Racial and Religious Hatred Act, where it is an offence to incite hatred against

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