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After September 11, 2001 it became quite fashionable in the United States and elsewhere to use Samuel Huntington’s phrase “the clash of civilizations” to describe the relationship between the Muslim world and the West – not only in a contemporary but also an historical sense. Do you agree that the historical relationships between the two monotheistic faiths that are termed “the cross and the crescent” constitute such a “clash,” or has the situation been more nuanced? In what areas do the two faiths comport with each other, if any? In what way do they diverge? Give as many concrete illustrations as you can to support your argument.
Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are conventionally termed nowadays “Abrahamic faiths” because all in some way claim Abraham as a founder, inspiration, or exemplar of some sort. However, just as even though people are “more equal than others,” so it is possible that some of the three monotheistic traditions you’ve studied might be “more Abrahamic than others.” Do you think that is the case, or not? Develop your argument with careful reference to not only the course material but the required readings of the course, including the scriptural selections.
How do the three “canonical” scriptures of each of the three faiths studied – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam compare and/or contrast with each other in terms of their style, content, genre, and claims of authority? How can these scriptures be contextualized within the lived history of the peoples in which they were received as “revelation” in some sense of the word? Give specific examples and, whenever appropriate, even quotations to make your case as forcefully as possible.