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World civ - final exam

            Would you describe Islam as an Eastern or a Western Religion?.
             In general, the main Western religions are typically referred to as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, while the main Eastern religions are typically thought of as Shinto, Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Although Islam is primarily a western religion, ties can be made to both sides.
             The western religions share many similarities, as do the Eastern religions. The similarities between the Western religions are due to the fact that Islam is a derivate of Judaism, and Judaism is a derivate of Christianity. All three religions are monotheistic, observe a Sabbath, have dieting and fasting restrictions, follow some form of the commandments, and believe in one or more prophets. In particular, Islam is strictly monotheistic, referring only to Allah; Muslims observe Sabbath on Friday, fast during Ramadan, and do not eat pork. They also study the Koran and observe the "Five Pillars of Islam," which include charity, prayer, public acknowledgement, pilgrimage to Mecca, and Ramadan. The Muslims acknowledge some of the same prophets of Christianity and Judaism, but see Muhammad as the "one." Although, it should be understood that Muslims believe that he was only a man chosen by God, and that he is not divine in any way.
             In general, the teachings of Islam act as a mercy and a healing for the human soul, and such qualities as humility, sincerity, patience, and charity are strongly encouraged. Additionally, Islam condemns pride and self-righteousness. The Islamic view of the nature of man is also realistic and well-balanced. Human beings are not believed to be inherently sinful, but are seen as equally capable of both good and evil. Islam also teaches that faith and action go hand-in-hand; God has given people free-will, and the measure of one's faith is in one's deeds and actions. .
             In this regard, there appears to be some connection between Islam and the Eastern religions.

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