1. What factors helped the development and spread of Islam
The development and spread of Islam was a process not an occurrence, there are therefore diverse reasons on the development and spread on Islam with the dates and geographical locations contributing to the varying reasons Ezzati. (2002). The development of Islam was fostered by the fact that during the seventh century, most of the Meccans practised polytheism, therefore when a merchant from the Hashimite branch of the governing Quraysh tribe named Muhammad preached about revelations through the angel Gabriel, that was to mark the foundation of Islam, the development was fostered by the belief that Muhammad’s teachings came directly from God into the Quran and the fact that Islam was viewed as all-encompassing way of life for individuals and society according to Dunn, (1996).
In the early days of Islam, its spread was fostered by the ummah which was quasi-political, whose actions spread the religion to Indonesia and China, the spread of the religions was furthermore bolstered by the Muslim dynasties which were instituted in West Africa, North Africa, Iran and Middle East. Moreover, there are historians who argue that there was forced conversion of conquered territories, slaves and poor people. The establishment of madrasas and the activities of Sufi missionaries resulted to the spread of Islam, as well as migrations and contact with Muslim traders as argued by Hugh, (2008).
2. Who are some of the Heroic figures mentioned in both Christianity and Islamic myths?
Jesus Christ in Christianity is called Yeshua of Nazareth in Islam, while angel Gabriel and Adam, Moses, Abraham are common in the bible and the Qur’an.
3. What is the singular major conflict with Christianity?
The Christians believe in Jesus as son of God who died and resurrected to heaven, and believe in trinity, while Muslims believe in one god Allah, his prophet Muhammad and that Jesus did not die but ascended into heaven therefore there is no resurrection of Jesus.
“Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit.” After he said this, he died.” Luke 23: 46
“That they said (in boast) “we killed Christ Isa, the son of Mary”…but they killed him not, nor crucified him.” Surah 4:157
1. How does Buddhism relate to society, culture, and spiritual growth?
Buddhism uses ethics and meditation, philosophy and science, art and poetry in its teachings. As regards the society, Buddhism is concerned with the progression of social conditions complimentary to the individual cultivation of societal values, as suggests equality in the society. According to the social karma, the conditioned behaviour patterns are products of differing specific cultures while actions of every individual should be conditioned for the prosperity of the correct inculcated culture to achieve spiritual growth.
2. Who is Buddha and how could he be heroic?
Buddha has diverse definitions such as the historical Buddha Shakyamuni or to a person who has attained full enlightenment and is not bound by any faults and mental obstructions. A Buddha can be heroic in assisting living beings and the supreme way is by emanation as a Spiritual Guide.
3. How does Buddhism direct the growth of Asia?
Since Buddhist soteriologies affect Buddhist economic ethics in elemental ways, the teachings and precepts of Buddhism were formulated within the context of societies shaped by these direct connections to community and to the living world, Buddhism therefore advocates that human beings actions carry on beyond the present life into future lives, hence fostering economic morality in an attempt to better future lives, these affects the growth of Asia.
Recently there was a movie starring Don Cheadle titled Traitor. Much of this film dealt with some of the radical issues of religiosity. If you were to find something in this film that could link your discussion, you might be in line for some bonus points.
In the movie, Samir Horn (Don Cheadle) who is the main character misinterprets the Qur’an and kills innocent persons and is arrested severally, however at the end, he understands the real meaning he feels guilty for killing innocent people, the agent with him tells him about the Qur’an teaching of saving mankind, hence in the long run appreciating the diversity on mankind in terms of religion and portrays the need to live in harmony and compromise other peoples believes.
Ezzati A. (2002). The spread of Islam: the contributing factors. Willesden :Islamic College for Advanced Studies Press
Dunn, John. (1996). The spread of Islam. California: Lucent Books.
Hugh,Kennedy. (2008). The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live in. Massachusetts:Da Capo Press.