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Comm 122 Lecture 21

Comm 122 Lecture 21 - Communication Studies 122 Lecture 21...

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-1 Communication Studies 122 February 29, 2008 Lecture 21 Ÿ 1. Western perceptions of Islam after 9/11 Ÿ 2. Muslim puritans Ÿ 3. Case for tolerance in Islam Ÿ 4. Implications of Qur’anic discourse Ÿ 5. Aslan on Iranian Revolution Ÿ 6. Islamic democracy Ÿ Western perceptions of Islam Ÿ Islam is amoral, hostel to the west, belief in collective rights, individual duties, legalistic, despotic, and intolerant Ÿ Islam has the evil values while the West has the better values Ÿ Negative interdependence (good vs. evil) and only one can prevail Ÿ Muslim puritans Ÿ Are they really puritans we are actually talking about? Ÿ Ex. Al-Qaeda (Bin Laden), Hamas, Wahabi’s in Saudi Arabia, Taliban Ÿ For these Muslim puritans, it seems to them that it is the opposite of our modern western way of life - idea of supremacy (look down on people not like themselves) Ÿ Muslim (Islamic) Puritanism principles Ÿ Islam is the only way of life and must be followed regardless of the moral or unmoral acts Ÿ Divine laws are a fixed path (overrides moral issues) Ÿ God is manifested in his laws and God tells them how to behave Ÿ Obey and put into practice God’s laws Ÿ If you live according to these laws are superior (God is on the side of those who follow his law) Ÿ Want to create on earth God’s perfection (recreate it here - [Goal] a perfect society on divine law) Ÿ Islamic History Ÿ
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