Islam: Misconceptions, Myths, and Stereotypes

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Running head: Islam Islam: Misconceptions, Myths, and Stereotypes of the Islam Religion Rashila Taylor Devry University Religion is one of the moving forces that continue to shape our world today. It is one of the most sensitive, studied, and misunderstood topics explored to mankind. It is also one of the oldest institutions practiced in the world. Among the various religions, Islam is perhaps misunderstood the most. By the general public there are many misconceptions of the customs, beliefs, ideas and goals of Muslims. There has also been an increase in anti-Islamic sentiment and Islam phobia since the September 11, 2001 attack on U.S. Although there are many misconceptions, Islam followers continue to having their inter religion differences, and strive to stay truthful and faithful to their Muslim roots in the modern world. Hall, Livingston, Brown, and Mohabir define Islam as “submission and peace to God.” (2011 pg. 205). We will explore misconceptions, myths, and stereotypes of the Islam Religion in the U.S., The Middle East, India, Pakistan, and Asia. Islam is currently the fastest growing religion in the world today. It is the second largest religion practice worldwide. 1.5 billion People recognize themselves as Muslim. (Hall, R.E., Livingston, J.N., Brown, C.J., Mohabir, J. A. (2011) p. 205). Many Muslims or followers of the Islam religion believe the origin of the Islam religion can be traced back to 7th century Saudi Arabia. In 610 A.D., the prophet Muhammad introduced Islam after an angelic experience with an angel named Gabriel. The Qur’an was dictated by Muhammad, which is the holy book of Islam. Muslims believe the Qur’an to be the preexistent, perfect words of their God Allah. These dictations were influenced by the revelations of the angel Gabriel. The Islam religion is considered as a monotheistic
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