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What Is “islamic” Culture?

Islam is considered by many observers to be the world’s fastest growing religion, yet it is the most misunderstood of the world’s major faiths. Some misconceptions about Islam stem from calculated propaganda, but a good amount of it is attributable to the ignorance of many Muslims whose limited knowledge and practice of Islam perpetuates these […]

  • 978 - 2159 - 50 - 6
  • Da'wah Institute of Nigeria Islamic Education Trust
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What Is “islamic” Culture?
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    Islam is considered by many observers to be the world's fastest growing religion, yet it is the most misunderstood of the world's major faiths. Some misconceptions about Islam stem from calculated propaganda, but a good amount of it is attributable to the ignorance of many Muslims whose limited knowledge and practice of Islam perpetuates these misconceptions. Many Muslims grow up believing that Islam requires only blind faith and invites no intellectual challenges. Often when such people in due course interact more broadly at school or in the work place, they find themselves unable to explain or rectify misconceptions about Islam.

    In response to the need for empowering Muslims to preserve their religion, and share its beautiful message with the rest of humanity, this work was begun. The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English defines culture as “the customs, arts, social institutions, etc. of a particular group or nation”. Culture is therefore one way of identifying distinctive groups or nations. Some Non-Muslims and even Muslims have unfortunately assumed that whatever is Arab is Islamic, and whatever is Islamic is Arab. This has led to the wrong conclusion that to become Muslim necessitates abandoning all aspects of a person's cultural heritage for that of Arabs, Indo-Pakistanis, Hausas, or any other Muslim-majority culture. The first part of this book addresses this misconception.

    The second part of the book looks into the use of the term “Islamic” in describing various aspects of culture, especially names and dresses of Arab or non-Arab origin. It critically examines the criteria for considering any cultural practice as Islamic or not.

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    • 978 - 2159 - 50 - 6
    • Da'wah Institute of Nigeria Islamic Education Trust
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