Globalization Questionnaire on Islam (Responses)
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TimestampWhat are some of the biggest challenges with globalization in your daily life?How do you cope with these issues and challenges?Have you changed or adapted your life because of globalization? How so?What are the negative /positive effects of globalization in your life?How does globalization affect the perception of the people around you?What is the difference in globalization here versus your home town?Do you believe that globalization destroys how sacred a religion is or can be?
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5/8/2013 20:17:01The growth of Islam is one of the biggest. It may sound weird, but with the way it is growing it's hard to tell who is following and who is just in it for the ride. Some people throw on a hijab, or niqab an call them Muslim. These people might be accepted while another girl who does more and follows it better could be shunned.

Another thing is the idea that all Muslim people are all terrorists. So many people have it inside of their heads that anybody with a beard, scarf, or kufi is a terrorist in the making. People actually shy away from me in the trolley or the mall or anywhere when they see me. It's like i'm a leper.
In both situations I try to educate the person. I don't agree with the statement "ignorance is bliss" because when you don't know anything and try to become an expert on it. If that doesn't work ant they seem to just shut their mind off to anything that might get them to a better light, I just drop it. I can't try to force someone to accept something when they clearly believe they are right.I have had to drop my accent so I could "fit in" with people. I wasn't born in America, so I came here with no knowledge of English. I have also had to make excuses as to why I wasn't eating at school that day. It isn't like I could say "I'm fasting" to someone without them getting the idea of my religion is barbaric-There doesn't seem to be a concept of individuality
-I have forgotten so much about my culture
-Language just doesn't seem to be my friend anymore
-Religion isn't unique and sacred anymore
I have met many Muslims who "look down" on me because I chose to make myself comfortable in wearing something that is acceptable by society and maybe not out religion. In my home town (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), women are not forced to wear clothing they don't want to, due to there being Christianity. However, since there is a sense of modesty there, most people dress alike (i.e. covering up). Globalization here is so much more prominent here, than in Ethiopia.Yes because now most people try to mold religion into something that is acceptable by society. If it is dressing immodestly, then they do it in a way that religion might accept it, but it also might not. Religions are the only thing humans have to "greater beings", so when we try to change them and make them more acceptable, then the sacred ways of that religion are lost.
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5/9/2013 18:39:24It is not really daily life but more like a general idea that has spread throughout the world that Islam is a "terrorist" religion. That Islam is the reason for terrorism and that if something tragic like a bombing happened the blame goes to Muslims.
It's not everyone but now the word "Islam" or "Muslim" or "Jihad" comes with negative baggage for those who are not educated in this or not as open-minded.
I try to cope with these things by not getting really angry at those people. I like to spread the idea of peace and the real meaning of Islam to people, to give them the positivity that Islam is.There are times when you have to adapt to certain ways. Since I live in a western country I dress in that sense too, but I keep my modesty and not stick out too much.

I do miss a prayers because of school and school work but I have to work my way around it and try to keep up as much as possible.
Negative
- Being represented badly in media
- Being thought of as oppressed

Positive
- Choosing to accept Islam
- Modesty
- I get to choose what people see of me
There are some people out there that do scrutinize me in silent manners. Maybe someone on the street may look at me and think I'm so improper and think I don't know anything about my religion.

People also start judging when you are trying to follow your religion. I am thinking about wearing my hijab, and there are friends who are great supporters and then there are some people who are unhappy of my decision, but I will do what I want/need to do.
I was born and raised in America so I know how everything goes around here. However, in my motherland of Bangladesh globalization has to more with technology and western culture. Western culture has spread there so much that there are new things like credit cards, KFC restaurants, bowling alleys, etc. that are developing there.

In America, the media and people play a important role in globalizing an issue, event, etc.
Yes, I do. I say this because technology, or wrong perceptions/ideas,policies destroys how sacred a religion is. For example, in France is is outlawed to wear the Niqab which women choose to wear to follow Islam and to protect their bodies/face and treat it with respect. The right is taken away from them and destroys a part of that sacred religion.
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