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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Madelon Morford on Saturday February 20, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to REL 314Q at Emory University taught by Pohl in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 14 views. For similar materials see Islam in Religious Studies at Emory University.
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Date Created: 02/20/16
In modern day media, it can be argued that there is skewed portrayal of Muslims that depicts Islam in a bad light. Following Mohammad, jihadwatch.org, and the religious comic all give examples and help shed light on the irony, negative views, inaccuracy, and at times hypocrisy of nonMuslim individuals or Christians. A quote from Chapter 2 in Following Mohammed that helps display a great example of the stigma behind the Islamic religion, based on nonMuslim views, states, “non Muslim commentators, who often take modern extremist Muslims to be the only true Muslims….” I support this statement and believe these websites should be evaluated with caution, for the media tends to have a negative bias against Muslims, as seen in our readings and previous passages. It was easier to determine the point of view of this exact website based on the obvious bias, negative headlines, and a detailed, highly negative description of on the “Why Jihad Watch?” home page that states: “Because nonMuslims in the West, as well as in India, China, Russia, and the world over, are facing a concerted effort by Islamic jihadists, the motives and goals of whom are largely ignored by the Western media, to destroy their societies and impose Islamic law upon them — and to commit violence to that end even while their overall goal remains out of reach. That effort goes under the general rubric of jihad.” This is a clear bias against the Islamic religion and further supports the “non Muslim commentators, who often take modern extremist Muslims to be the only true Muslims” statement. The comic also helps comment on a multitude of religious issues in many religions. It helps illustrate the hypocrisy of a statement taken from Following Mohammed (pg. 44), “Yet Christians, in what psychologists might call a form of projection have constructed a highly simplified and misleading picture of Islam as fueled by relentless thirst to convert the world.” The comic is a comment on the ignorance of people to the concept of pluralism and hypocrisy of modern/missionary Christianity. The comic helped depict the picture of followers who believe in “just ONE bible” (The headline of the webpage) instead of the pluralistic view of religion. I find that as I look at these webpages, the statements and critical evaluation of western views on religion in Ernst’s book, Following Muhammad, are heavily supported.
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