I know there are different Muslim countries and already mentioned this in my very first post. This is why I said we should define which kind of violence we speak about. Maybe I wasn't clear enough.
So, let's see domestic violence. I shall agree with you this is something that can be found anywhere in this world. But I believe it is easier for a woman living out of the Arabian peninsula to report a violent incident against her.
Things were not always easy for women in the west either, but slowly slowly they managed to gain equal rights with men and equal status. And take Saudi Arabia as an example, do women there have equal status as men? And although it is difficult to differentiate religion from culture on many occasions, I'm asking in which category this falls in regards to this particular place.
But that's not what I had in my mind exactly. I was thinking more of peaceful co-existance between states or within them.
Europe was in a terrible war few decades ago, who could ever deny that? It's not a matter of competition why I am having this discussion!
Perseveranze mentions the Israeli-Palestinian conflict claiming that Israel oppresses the people to which we refer as 'Palestinians'. First of all, I should tell you the Palestinians are no different race than the Arabs. They never were. Second, it seems we forget how this conflict started with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
Having said that, I believe that the Arab countries were not developed out of a commonly shared national identity. Rather, different tribes that maybe even hated each other before, were forced to live within the boundaries imposed to them by the great powers of the time, France and UK mainly.
Moreover, I consider living in the desert to be rather tough. Maybe not in our days but for sure back when those countries were taking their place as legitimate states on the map.
Don't you think this has affected them in their way of thinking as well?
And what role did religion play in all that?
And one last question, since it was mentioned, wouldn't you consider the rest of the Arabs' attitude towards the Palestinians to be hypocritical?