Islam and The West

In the contemporary world, discussions revolving around Islam and Muslims are widespread in the media, especially regarding the similarities and differences between Islamic and Western civilizations. Prof. Sam Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order” was a national best seller; a book that argues that the world’s main conflicts result from the clash between countries and cultures who base their values on religious faith and dogma. We see conciliatory moves like President Obama’s address to the Muslim world counterbalanced by legislations, such as France banning the Hijab, Switzerland banning the building of minerets and a number of other European nations banning the Niqab (face veil) for Muslim women. The time for an in depth analysis of the foundational philosophies of two distinct civilizations has long been overdue. If we are to understand this modern conflict of values and ideas, we must first understand our differences, rather than attempt solutions through the blind biases. With a brief introduction of the definition of civilization and culture, I wish to point out some of the primary differences between Islam and the West with the hope of educating and enlightening ourselves to better understand each other’s platforms. Finally as a person who believes in the supremacy of Islam, I invite the world to study Islam through it’s original sources and then to make an informed decision whether or not to accept it as their complete code of life. – Click here to read full article