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Unformatted text preview: Characteristics of Orientalism, Prejudice, and Discrimination CheckPoint The main difference between Arabs and Muslims is basically religion and ethnicity. Muslims are a religious group (believing in Islam), while Arabs are considered to be an ethnic group (Schaefer, 2006). After the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, Arabs and Muslims became targets of racial profiling, and all immigrants were required to report to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to be fingerprinted, photographed, and interviewed (Schaefer, 2006). Many of these immigrants are detained and deported, which only introduced more intolerance and fear to U.S. citizens. The Justice Department is now questioning the legal grounds for the unfair treatment of Muslims and Arabs. Orientalism is the simplistic view of the people and history of the Orient, with no recognition of change over time or the diversity within its many cultures (Schaefer, 2006). Two characteristics of Orientalism are: 1) the discounting of the diversity of ethnic and religious...
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