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Running head: ANALYTICAL ESSAY: CHRISTIANITY & ISLAM1Analytical Essay: Christianity & IslamName of Student: …XYZ…Chamberlain College of NursingComparative ReligionJuly 2018
ANALYTICAL ESSAY2Christianity & Islam are two of the largest religions with followers all over the world. Followers of Christianity are referred to as Christians & followers of Islam are referred to as Muslims. Muslims & Christians follow the writings of holy texts; the Bible in Christianity & the Qur’an in Islam. Both Christianity & Islam are monotheistic religions in which the followersbelieve in the same God, referred to as Allah in Islam, & believe that he is the sole creator of theuniverse. There are many historical connections between Christianity & Islam. Both religions originated in the Middle East. Christianity was founded on the life & teachings of Jesus while Islam was founded on the teachings of Muhammed, both of whom are prophets of God. While both religions believe in Jesus, they differ in their beliefs about him. The following paragraphs will explain the similarities & differences between these two religions.Both Christianity & Islam originated in the Middle East. Christianity originated in the town of Jerusalem, now known as Israel. Jesus sent disciples to preach throughout Israel. Christianity became “the official religion of the Roman empire” & became “the religion of all ofEurope” & “existed on a smaller scale in varied forms in Ethiopia, the Middle East, & India” (Molloy, 2012). Over the past five hundred years missionary & devotional movements have spread Christianity to every continent & made it an international religion. Islam originated in the already religious city of Mecca in the eastern Arabian Peninsula with the teachings of Muhammed about 700 years after Christianity. Muhammed, in fearing for his safety, fled about three hundred miles north to the city of Yathrib. Muhammed’s migration to Yathrib is known in Arabic as the Hijra & is a significant event in the formation of Islam known as year 1. Yathrib is the home of the first mosque & is know known as Medina & is considered on of the most sacred cities in Islam along with Mecca & Jerusalem (Molloy, 2012). Islam spread throughout Arabia & with the weakness of the Byzantine & Persian empires Islam