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Religion and Violence As humans we try to make connections between civilizations and time periods Historians have attempted to discover universal constants of human nature a a bond that forms from continent to continent human to human Indeed it is difficult to make generalizations about centuries of modern history To say about that something is true of all history is virtually impossible To say that all religions are spread by violence during the middle ages is equally unfair and untrue- because contrasted religions have been spread in exceedingly diverse regions of the world by vastly different cultures Islam as a primary example has been characterized inequitably by historians and media as a religion of violence However upon careful examination it is not fair to make the generalization that Islam is a religion of violence As a matter of fact one notices when looking at world religion as a whole Islam was no more violent than any other religion In fact Islam is not a fundamentally violent philosophy but also one can see that many other religions normally considered non-violent such as Christianity or Hinduism have been spread through bloody conquest Thus when searching for a universal constant of history one ought not to 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 and cruel This belief originated over a thousand years ago when Islamic peoples first threatened the western world Mohammed the prophet of Islam became a great warrior Mohammed brought a new message to his people from God He taught that there is only one god and that this God requires people to make submission Islam to Him Muhammad replaces the old loyalty to tribes with a new tie of equality and allegiance among all Muslims He also preached against the injustice of
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