However, more recently there has been a lot of tension between patriotic Britons and Muslims which has led to a lot of anti-Islamic propaganda among the British public. One might ask what the reasons are for this media and campaign portrayal. And are they justifiable? This topic was chosen in light of the tensions building from 9/11, the London Underground Bombings and the Iraq war as well as the more recent murder of British soldier, Lee Rigby, by two Muslim extremists which led to a wave of anti-Muslim propaganda across not only Britain but around the world. Due to the controversy that could be caused by this topic sources from patriotic Britons, Muslims and the media will be used to avoid bias and create balanced and well formulated argument.
The relations between Muslims and Americans is, as stated by the Council of America-Islamic Relations, “A vastly expanded strategy of winning hearts and minds is core to swaying Muslim populations from negative to favorable views of America. This effort should be a high strategic priority. Our nation's current image and credibility problems in the Muslim world hurt our efforts to defeat extremists. (2008)” Although, certain events have led to the mistrust towards Muslims and Arabs alike, America is still trying to find a peace and stability between Muslims, American and Arabs, and America. There are almost 2,000 mosques, Islamic schools and Islamic centers in America.
Muslims, on the other hand, are found all over the world, and are followers of the religion called Islam. Not all Arabs believe in Islam, and not all Muslims are Arabs. Islam is the second most popular religion, next to Christianity. The misperception between Arabs and Muslims has led to discrimination during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Both viewed as terrorists.
Every Muslim goes through this problem in his/her life. In this research paper I will be discussing the world’s attitude towards the Muslim community and how they deal with these crises. But we must remember that it is not always the Muslims who face identity crisis. Anyone who has been previously colonized has to deal with this problem. This happens mainly because the imperial politicians try to create identity problems and use it as a weapon against the colonies.
By studying different forms of theories regarding cultural and religious acceptance such as Neoconservatism, Multiculturalism and Relativism we would be able to define and learn to accept as well tolerate other societies, culture, and religious beliefs to coexist harmoniously. My paper will speak on key points of Islamic religion, Extreme Islamic religion, Western world and cultural societies acceptance theories. Inside current news around the world on the fight against Islamic extremist and non-Muslims has become an ongoing war on our soil and across the world. Extreme Islam does not share the same mentality or values of their less then extreme Islamic brother’s, nor do they share the same values, religion, and cultures system as the rest of the Western World. Islamic Extremism is driven by totalitarian interpretation of Islam “global Islamic
Unfortunately, due to the many Islamic terrorist organizations in the world and their many threats or attacks on the different populations, many people have discriminated against persons who are, or who are believed to be, Arab or Muslim, regardless of what those persons actually believe or practice. In fact, in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has taken many actions. The government has made it more difficult for Arabs or Muslims to immigrate to the United States or to apply for citizenship or permanent residence classification. It has also undertaken wiretapping and other searches which once required warrants and used the information it obtained through them to prosecute Arabs or to accuse them of terrorist actions. Lastly, it has continued to hold Arabs in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, even after federal courts have specified those prisoners have certain rights that cannot be denied them.
The country was also divided on the issue of the increasing dependence on the United States. Many Saudi’s felt that it went against Islamic law, which has led to numerous Islamic terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia dealt with large numbers of unemployment
It is important to know the differences between prejudice, stereotype, discrimination and privilege (Harvey & Allard, 2009). In the article retrieved from www.associatedcontent.com Wright stated “regardless of their purpose or status Arabs and Muslims in the United States have been marked by poignant reminders of the social unrest that have plagued their communities since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.”Automatically when either of the groups is presented, it is an immediate association with the 9-11 attacks. This is because of the stereotype which leads to discrimination. Stereotypes are unreliable generalizations about all members of a group that do not take into account individual differences within a group (Harvey & Allard, 2009). The ADC has sent a request out to the American people to help stop the hate crimes and discrimination against the Arab and Muslim Americans.
The ranks of Islamic fundamentalists include Muslims who provide much-needed services to the poor through Islamic schools, medical clinics, social welfare agencies, and other institutions. While some Islamic militants try to reach their goals through violence, the majority of Islamic activists work through political parties within the electoral process. At the fringes are those like Saudi-born millionaire Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network that engage in a global war of terrorism. The reassertion of Islam and Islamic values in Muslim politics and society over the past 30 years is often referred to in the West as the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. However, the word fundamentalism, which originated in Christianity, can be misleading when it is used to describe Islam or Muslim countries.
Aftermaths of 9/11 ,2005 London Bombings and the emergence of Isis in Iraq, gives birth to a question that Being a Muslim is fortunate or unfortunate in the Western world. As Islam is unfortunately the most misinterpreted, distorted and wrongly portrayed religion in the world presently ,and the sufferers are the ordinary Muslims in their day to day lives. If we see the latest world view for example ,like the destruction of Twin towers in America,2005 London Bombings in England ,The conflict of Israel and Palestine and the ongoing beheadings which are being continuously done by the ISIS in Iraq, are affecting the Muslim diaspora in the western world and therefore it is an obnoxious fact ,that some Muslims who are kind of black sheep’s of the community ,are the cause of disturbing peace