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Religions Expansion Through Conquest When studying history both in a professional and academic sense we try to make connections between civilizations and time periods Historians have attempted to discover universal constants of human nature a bond that forms from continent to continent human being to human being Is there a constant quality that all peoples posses and is reflected in all civilizations Indeed it is extremely difficult to make generalizations about centuries of modern history To say that something is true of all of history is virtually impossible as a counter-example exists for just about anything that can be said of any group of civilizations To say that all religions are spread by violence is equally unfair and untrue - because contrasted religions has been spread in exceedingly diverse regions of the world by vastly different cultures Islam as a prime example has been characterized inequitably by historians and the media as a religion of violence To put it bluntly as this article does Islam was mainly spread through Arab territorial conquests Sudo 4 However upon examination it is not fair to make the generalization that Islam is a religion of violence and one notices when looking at world religion on a whole one finds that Islam was no more violent than any other religion In fact not only is Islam not a fundamentally violent philosophy but we can also see that many other religions normally considered non-violent such as Christianity or Hinduism have been spread through bloody conquest Thus in searching for a universal constant of history we ought not fall into the fallacy of abstractions as Sydney J Harris keenly puts it and assume that because of isolated incidents and conflicts of territorial ambitions that all religions have violent tendencies Islam has throughout the centuries been somewhat a victim of circumstance - indeed it has been perceived by many as oppressive
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