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Islam and Christianity Ideology

In the current essay I would like to compare current Islam and Christianity icons in Western world. To begin with, it should be noted that Islam and Christianity are the most common religions in the world. As a matter of fact, these religions have a lot of differences, but also have common features.

Islam and Christianity have following common features, among them are: monotheism, the presence of a holy book (the Bible and Quran), the presence of prophets (Jesus Christ and Mohammad). However, the main difference between the religions lies in the fact, that in Christianity, after Middle ages, ecclesiastical authority is completely separate from the secular and have no influence on the process of governance. In turn, in most Muslim countries religion has a direct bearing on the process of governance. The best example of this is Saudi Arabia, which lives under Sharia laws and has a religious police force that monitors the precise execution of the laws of Islam. Also, many differences in these regions are in the aspects of clothes, quantity of prayers, and the role of women in society, as stated in Comparing Christianity and Islam.

However, today’s Western world significantly changed the Muslims’ way of life. In particular, a year ago French Senate adopted the law, according to which, women are prohibited to wear the veil on the street. On the one hand, it violets the cannons of Islam, according to which, religious women should wear the veil on the street and show themselves only to husbands. On the other hand, in Western world the movement for equality between men and women is traditionally strong and many people consider that such religious norm violets principals of democratic society. Of course, each part has its own arguments, but the fact is if women would like to live in France and not pay considerable fees – they should renounce from the veil on the street, as described in Islam, the Modern World, and the West: Contemporary Topics.

Another important example several years ago occurred in Denmark, when a newspaper published a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, depicted with a bomb in his hands. It should be noted that this situation arouse outrage in Muslim countries, moreover, this outrage was accompanied by promises to kill the caricaturist. However, Muslims, who live in the Western countries, did not express such sharp resentment. In this example there can be seen another contradiction between Islam and Christianity ideology. For modern Christians – the freedom of speech is absolute and unquestioned democratic principle. In turn, in traditional Islamic countries, image of the prophet Mohammed is sacred. Moreover, Islam generally forbids any kind of human image, including the arts, as stated in Islam, the West, and the Future.

To sum it up I would like to say that Islam and Christianity ideology has a lot of differences, but also a lot in common. The main difference between the religions lies in the fact, that in Christianity ecclesiastical authority is completely separate from the secular, in turn, in most Muslim countries religion has a direct bearing on the process of governance. Moreover, there are a lot of examples of controversies, when a religion background confronts with secular laws of society. From these examples can be seen that today’s Western world have changed the Muslims, who live within it. Without any doubts, these Muslims honored traditions of the ancestors, but with it they absorb democratic principles and foundations.

Works cited

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