Understanding The Muslim World University of Texas College of Liberal Arts Aga Khan Development Network Islam in World Cultures Project November 18-21, 2004 Think About It!
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University of Texas College of Liberal Arts
Aga Khan Development Network
Islam in World Cultures Project
November 18-21, 2004
By recognizing the stereotypes we hold about others – and others hold about us – we can begin to understand each other better.
What stereotypes of the Muslim World do Westerners have?
What stereotypes of Westerners do people in the Muslim World have?
Oppression of Women
Deserts, Turbans, Terrorists
Advocates of Violence
Arabs = Muslims
Hatred of Non-Muslims
Fundamentally Different Religion
Stereotypes About Muslims
Lack of Family Values
Hypocritical, Democratic Ideals
Absence of Morals
Exploitation of Women
Stereotypes About Westerners
7 Million Muslims
400 Million Muslims
270 Million MuslimsWhere is the Muslim World?
1.3 Billion Muslims
Great Britain Canada
Audrey Shabbas, Middle East Policy Council
Area and Geographic Influences
Intellectual and Arts Influences
“Islam is a complete way of life; it covers the entire spectrum of human activities. Islam means total commitment and subordination of all aspects of life – individual, social, economic, political, international – to God. Hence, Islam is both religion and politics, church and state, joined in a single goal of serving God and implementing His commandments.”
Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad
Take a stand! Where do you fall on the spectrum? Do you agree or disagree with the following statement…..
The United States should impose democracy on undemocratic regimes in the Middle East and the Muslim world.
How do these important aspects of The Muslim World influence current events?
What difference does this make to me in today’s world?