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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Different cultures

Today at our weekly meeting, we were discussing Muslim and Islamic practices regarding marriage, and domestic violence. A lot of definitely false statements were bandied about, and I was really surprised and uncomfortable with how ignorant a lot of people were about the different cultures.

But here's where I'm an asshole, because I don't actually know the difference between Muslim and Islam, and I don't know many distinct features of either culture, so I couldn't pipe up and correct anyone. I could only vaguely tell when a statement was very wrong, but not what the truth was. Does one accept stoning a woman for leaving her husband (regardless of how he treats her), and the other not? I have no idea.

I wish I knew more. Add that to the huge-ass list.


Blogger erin said...

A Muslim is one who follows Islam, no?

12:50 PM  
Blogger LE said...

Goodness. I really am the ignorant one, huh?

1:03 PM  
Blogger angiepants said...

No, not at all, LE. I was getting puzzled by just reading your blog. I'll be honest and admit that I don't know everything there is to know about different cultures/religions. I'm not close-minded by any means, I just haven't studied it that much.

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm the same way. I've learned alot more than I ever knew before in my studies of yoga, but i've also realized that there's so much I don't know. I feel pretty ignorant when it comes to different religions.

10:45 PM  

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