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Surname 1 Name: Instructor: Course: Date: Arab Stereotypes This world is filled with a variety of cultures, beliefs, and religions; everyone has differing views on the morality of life. Unfortunately people often do not respect and embrace the differences they have with others. This lack of acceptance has led to discrimination, stereotyping, and even war. After many incidents that affected the world; Arabs started being criticized by many people. People around the world are and have been for many years stereotyping 1/5 of the world’s population. What is worse is that these misconceptions have caused many people to have a completely altered, bias, and untrue perception of the Arab Muslim civilization. There are several contributing factors associated with these totally obscure, untrue fallacies including media biases, religious ethnocentrism, and the theory of geographic isolation. After a string of incidents took place around the world many people’s perception of the ‘Arab world’ was changed, and ultimately skewed. Moreover, the media contributed to, and continues to play a large role in the stereotyping of the Arab Muslim civilization. This type of behavior goes beyond distorted news broadcastings and into many movies, television shows, magazines, and websites. Often the media portrays the Arabic Muslim civilization as uneducated, close-minded, uncivilized barbaric extremist, and terrorist. The media can be largely to blame for the blasphemy placed on entire civilization based on a few individuals. Many people around the world in different cultures have grown to be ignorant and have allowed themselves to be heavily influenced by the media. Thus judging Arabs by the things they hear or see from the media without knowing the truth, knowing someone from the Arabic culture, or visiting the countries of Arab and Muslim majorities. Harsh Jokes, critical movies, condescending cartoons, derogatory music, skewed blogs, and grotesque videos demean the beauty and essence of the Arab Muslim culture. Although it is clear that the media has its own way of portraying the Arab civilization, stereotypes in the Muslim community go farther than the inaccurate portrayal of Arabs on the television. In fact, religion plays an important role in the ostracizing and belittling of nearly 1.6 billion people worldwide. Many people in America, and all around the world have a tainted predisposition about the religion of Islam. When the word Muslim is mentioned, some people automatically think of terrorism because of the catastrophic event that took place in America on September 11, 2001. Instead of these people being looked upon as Muslims who worship a loving god, they are seen as barbaric terrorist who are taught from their religion to kill, hate, and commit suicide. This misconception could not be farther from the truth Islam is a very loving religion based on mercy and forgiveness. Quite honestly Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are not that different. Islam considers kindness, generosity,
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