The Causes of tension Between Hinduism and Islam Essay

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While analyzing past interactions between Hinduism and Islam, we can see some outstanding tensions that arise from territorial conflict between India, a predominantly Hindu country, and Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country. The primary focus of this tension arises from a common area – Kashmir/Jammu. The conflict in this region can be accredited to the differences in religion. The conflict in Kashmir stems from 1947. This was the year the partition of the Indian sub-continent occurred. However, this partition of land was based on approximate religious lines created by the British empirical rule, when they allowed the princes of 650 states to choose which country they would join. In theory, these princes had the option of remaining …show more content…
But the conflict is still a result of religious tensions. We can conclude this because India developed nuclear weapons shortly after winning the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971 to prevent more conflict. Next is the question of what causes the conflict between the two religions. We can learn where the tensions begins between the two by looking at the history of each religion individually. The origins of Hinduism can be traced back to about 2000 B.C.E.; however, the exact origins cannot be determined since Hinduism evolved in accordance with culture and beliefs of the people living in India over time. Now taking a look at Islam, we see that it is a religion that developed in the Middle East in the 7th Century C.E. It was based on the teachings of Muhammad. A major difference can be seen in how Hinduism is polytheistic, while Islam is strictly monotheistic. This could contribute to some of the religious conflict between the two. The religious artifact for practitioners of Islam is the Quran, while there are many religious scriptures in the history of Hinduism. Another thing to note is that none of the religious texts even mention each other. This is important because the Quran mentions both Judaism and Christianity. Furthermore, Sanskrit, the language of a majority of the religious Hindu texts, and Arabic, the language the Quran was written in, don't even share the same language family. It goes without saying that the two don't share any religious

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