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The Conflict Between Modern and Traditional Islam


Over the last decade the Islamic Religion has been making the change from a traditional society to a more modern society. With the wars over religion and the world as a whole making changes, many Islamic families are discovering that they are attached to their traditional views, but to keep up with the constantly changing world they are wondering if being modern and "American" is the way to a more productive live.

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The central conflict in Islamic life today has been between modern and traditional views of the Islamic religion. The world has been changing so drastically over the last few decades, that it has caused the Islamic religion to become more modern rather than traditional. There is much conflict between traditional and modern views of Islam. I feel that with the high pace of today's society Islam has become more modern. Many would like to keep the views and practices in a more traditional manner but with the constant hustle and bustle of society it is somewhat impossible for Muslims of today's time to continue to practice in a strict traditional way.



1999-2002 Islam online

This particular website does two things it provides Islam history as well as contemporary ideas and how they are linked together.

Ahlul Baht Digital Islamic Library Project. July 23, 1997

This website looks at Islamic beliefs and practices as well as Islamic history and current events.

Alavi, Karima Diane. "Turning to the Islamic Faith." America. 186 (March 2002):

Ebscohost. 20 paragraphs. Missouri Western State College Library. 4 March


Reflects on the response of American Muslims to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. View that the hijackers twisted the ideals of Islam.

Ali, M. Amir, Ph. D.


This website is mainly used for research on Islamic culture and contemporary issues. It also deals with Muslims in American life.

Beverly, James A. "Is Islam a Religion of Peace?" Christianity Today. (January 2002)

Ebscohost. 42 paragraphs. Missouri Western State College Library. 7 January


Discusses several interpretations of Islam. Discussion of Islam as a religion of peace.

Bianquis, T., Bosworth, C.E., Van Donzel. E. Encyclopedia of Islam: Fascicule pp.167-168. 1987

This is a great reference book. It explorers parts of the Islamic culture that I have not found in any other books.

Bouhdiba, Abdelwahab. 2000

A college professor wrote this website. He wrote about his trip over to the Middle East and the culture shock that he experienced.

Economist. "America and the Arabs." Economist. (March 2002): Ebscohost. 11

Paragraphs. Missouri Western State College Library. 3 March 2002.

This article talks about Vice President Dick Cheney and his thoughts and views about the Islam religion and beliefs, since September 11th.

Goddard, Hugh. "Islam and Democracy." Political Quarterly. (January 2002): Ebscohost.

4 paragraphs. Missouri Western State College Library. January 2002.

Focuses on the relationship between Islam and democracy. Reformation of the ideals and aspiration of Islam; Compatibility between Islam and democracy; Relation of the contemporary Islamic world between the practice of democracy and foreign policy.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck. Muslims on the Americanization Path?

May 2000.

This book portrays how many Muslims have adjusted to the way Americans live, while also still keeping their beliefs with them.

Hasan, Asma Gull. American Muslims: The new Generation. Continuum International Publishing Group Inc. New York, NY, 2000.

This book places a personal spotlight on a flavor of Islam that Hollywood or CNN gives little attention.

Islamicity. 1995-2002

This website has everything from history and culture to the latest trends in the Islamic culture. There are ancient photographs of the Middle East then recent photos. This site helped to understand the look of the Middle East.

Khadijah, Andrew


This website giving current issues that are going on in the Islamic culture as well as open

chat to anyone who would like to know more about Islam and their beliefs.



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