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Lecture 17

RLG100Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Emic And Etic, Quraysh, Jahiliyyah

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World Religion Lecture 17
Taking an emic perspective on Islam: Some misconceptions/stereotypes
There is an entire history of mistrust between Islam and Christians
o Crusades
o Ever since Islam became a significant threat it has been at odds with Christianity
o Stereotypes and misconceptions come from feud starting in medieval era that has lasted
1000+ years
o Overwhelmingly negative view on Islam today
o Taking all of history and examining it allows us to understand our relations with Islam
Modern Islam:
Is reacting to colonialism
o Not used to being smaller, ruled for lots of history
Leaves resentment and an intellectual struggle with Islam as it lost its power when other
communities advanced their technology
History and Ideas of Islam:
Islam is understood by itself to be the continuation (and end) of the Abrahamic traditions
Many figures in the Quran are like NT and OT characters
o Prophet Muhammadmost important prophet in Islam
Muhammed is very like Moses, and the Quran speaks at length on Moses, more than
As Moses is the great lawgiver in Judaism, so is Muhammed, receiving the Quran just as Moses
received the Torah
Quran is primary source of study
Hadith: stories about Muhammed, and other prophets
o In many of theses stories, Muhammed is compared to Moses, and meets Moses, and is
instructed by Moses as an experienced prophet
Islam lived in great harmony with Judaism for most of history
Islam also validates Jesus as a deeply pious leader
o Affirms virgin birth, resurrection, miracles
o Denies Jesus as the son of God or as divine, prefers Judaism idea
Islam emerges from Arabian Peninsula in 7th Century (Saudi Arabia)
o Very new religion compared to others
Jahiliyya: refers to a period of ignorance, lack of moral culture, primitive clan structure
o Fatalist perspective
o Islam thinks of conflicting tribes as self-absorbed primitive beings
November 16, 2016
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