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Why do you think there is so much violence in the Muslim world?

My question is not meant to provoke. Rather, I want to see if you believe it is a matter of faith, culture or let's say environmental settings.

Perhaps we should define according to where this violence is directed at. The Muslim world is not just the Arab world.

asked 791210 jenny_'s gravatar image
closed Feb 02 '13 at 13:24 believer ♦ 1.2k16 believer's gravatar image

First of all, the 'Muslim world' is not a monolithic entity. There are different Muslim countries with different historical and cultural backgrounds just as there are different non-Muslim countries with varying backgrounds. To lump them all together in one category makes no sense whatsoever. Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Mali, Brunei, Djibouti, Tajikstan, Uzbekistan, Kuwait, UAE, and Oman are all Muslim countries with a remarkably low level of domestic violence. Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and Syria were too until the recent upheavals. If you look in the Guinness Book of Word Records, you'll see that the countries that have the highest homicide rates are usually non-Muslim countries. The United States itself has 10 to 12,000 murders and about 30,000 rapes every year, I don't have statistics for other countries, but you might especially want to look up Mexico and Colombia. Watching CNN and Fox News are not really a good substitute for serious academic study.

answered 163 Imad's gravatar image

The USA invasion in Iraq/Afghanistan, Israel bombing/oppressing Palastinians, Nato's invasion in Libya etc.

And tyrants who are puppets to the west, that are currently oppressing, whilst the people are trying to over throw them.

answered 481 Perseveranze's gravatar image
edited Feb 28 '12 at 04:20

How about, the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, how about the truck bombing that killed 200 of our marines in Libya. Also nearly 3000 killed in the Twin Towers in New York. How many children and women have been killed in Israel. If I was fifty years younger I would have gladly gone to Afghanistan after NY.

(Apr 13 '12 at 14:48) Athanasius Athanasius's gravatar image

I said Libya but I meant to say Lebanon. NATO went into Libya in support of the rebels so how is that supporting puppets of the west. Our president just gave the Muslim Brotherhood 1.5 billion dollars, are they puppets of the west now? Yasser Arafat, While in College was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. In 1974 Arafat addressed the UN, and he said “Today I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter’s gun.” “Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.” An obvious threat from a terrorist not a "freedom fighter."

(Apr 13 '12 at 22:33) Athanasius Athanasius's gravatar image

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?

answered 791210 jenny_'s gravatar image

"And one last question, since it was mentioned, wouldn't you consider the rest of the Arabs' attitude towards the Palestinians to be hypocritical?" Yes, I do.

(Feb 28 '12 at 07:54) Imad Imad's gravatar image

Then why we never hear anything against them? It's all against Israel only... Don't you consider this hypocritical also? Why hide behind our finger?

(Feb 28 '12 at 07:57) jenny_ ♦ jenny_'s gravatar image

I agree. I think some of the Arab dictatorships worse than Israel. There is a lot of condemnation though. I don't think it's "all against Israel only". But you're right, there is much hypocrisy there.

(Feb 28 '12 at 08:01) Imad Imad's gravatar image

The hate against Israel is disproportionate. And try to think about this: weren't the Israelis back in their lands of origin, we would still be talking about a stateless people. It's a tricky situation where people seem to be driven by emotions rather than reality.

answered 791210 jenny_'s gravatar image

Here is a respond to "kill them where ever you find them" , that is about Islamic violence, InshaAllah it will be ~link removed~

answered 151 ncapcs's gravatar image
edited Feb 02 '13 at 13:21 believer ♦ 1.2k16 believer's gravatar image

Please, don't comment for old questions unnecessary just to advertise your Youtube video. Topic Closed

(Feb 02 '13 at 13:23) believer ♦ believer's gravatar image
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