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The Relationship of Religions and Rulers in Buddhism, Islam and Christianity

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Religions appear to have begun as the vision of people’s imaginations of answers to their everyday life issues and the nature. People gave credits for the gods about the creation and control on everything in the world. Begining with the classical period religions were more influential in societies and a greater part of their political structures. As classical civilizations progressed into the post-classical era, religions and political powers mutually influenced each other in different civilizations. Rulers used religions to rule their societies as religions appealed and became more popular across broader swaths of territories that came under new political rule of expanding empires.. In this essay, I compare how rulers used Buddhism, Islam and Christianity the different religions to rule their societies. I compare the uses of these religions and their popularity among broader swaths of people to earlier religious interpretations in the Epic of Gigamesh and Popol Vuh. I begin by examining the relationship of those three religions and rulers such as Ashoka Maurya, Abu Bakr, Constantine in Early India, Arab Peninsula and Europe, and conclude by comparing them with Mesopotamian and Mayan religions. The spread of religions made rulers able to set up new political structures and to control their populations more effectively in the classical and post-classical eras.

Buddhism inspired Ashoka to create policies within his empire that ensured peaceful relationships among different ethnic groups in the empire.. The Early Buddhism was found by Siddhartha Guatama, who had been enlightened after forty-nine days of meditation under bo tree. Dharma, the core doctrine became important reference of Buddhism. Buddhism was supported by the Mauryan dynasty. Ashoka Maurya, who led to the high point of Mauryan dynasty, governed his kingdom with the practice of Buddhism. 1 He strongly believed that the practice of Buddhism can unify his culturally diverse and far-flung realm....