Islamic Militancy

Topics: Islam, Middle East, Caliphate Pages: 2 (645 words) Published: November 18, 2008
Islamic Militancy At the start of writing this essay, I knew about Islamic Militancy just about as much as BLANK knows about BLANK. As I got further into my research, I became more and more interested in this topic and found myself telling my family about it at the dinner table. Let me start off by telling you a little more about the Islamic religion. The word "Islam" itself means "Submission to Allah." Islam is the second largest religion in the world, including about 20% of the world's population. This compares to Christianity's 33%. At their current rate of growth, Muslims, (followers of Islam,) are expected to outnumber Christians worldwide, before the year 2020. Islamic militants, however, are extremely religious Islam’s that strongly oppose democracy. They believe violence is the answer for everything. All of my research brought me to realize that I didn’t know much of what was going on in the world, which is an awful thing to admit. So the most interesting part of research for this essay was finding the unknown answers to the very blunt, yet frequently asked question; why do they hate us? But, the real question is, where do I begin? The Islamic militants have an extreme disrespect for what they see as the undisciplined and immoral lifestyles of people in Western nations, especially the United States. They see America as "ruthless, aggressive, conceited, arrogant, easily provoked, and biased." President Bush is incorrect when he claims freedom in America turned us into objects of hate in the Middle East. It is the American presence in the Middle East, mixed with the Muslim sense of failure and desperation, which drove the hate that delivered the deadly blows in America. At the most fundamental level, what drives the radical Islamists is shame. A collective sense of shame sparked by deep disgust and raving jealousy: disgust with the modern failure of Islamic society, an envy of the achievements and prosperity of a flourishing West. Like all radical...

Citations: “Examining Islamic Militancy” (September 22th, 2008) “Evaluating Islamic Militancy” (September 22th, 208) World Politics Book
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