Culture of Conflict

Culture of Conflict
Ala Z. Shbib
WRI 102: Reading Across Currclm
Zofia Reid
American University of Sharjah
April 5th, 2010

All over the world there are nearly 195 countries and every single country has its own culture. Culture is the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular society and between every country there are certain conflicts or disagreements. Despite of the tremendous development that mankind has achieved there are armed conflicts; blood is being shed, and also other unarmed ones occur. The question that arises is that why there are conflicts between cultures? Conflicts rose from differentiation in religious believes, getting hold of natural resources, and imperialism.
Religious conflicts arise by the kind of people who do not accept other believes and stick to the word and not the spirit of their scriptures so they fight those who do not follow what they believe in. Some fundamentalists believe that they are God’s tool to spread the religion, have divinely right; and other conflicts are of sectarian nature. Muslim fundamentalists believe that modernization which influenced even Muslim countries has resulted in evil deeds and behavior. They see themselves as God’s tool to correct behavior and remove regimes looking forward to make the whole world submissive to Islam. Zack Beauchamp (2007) in his essay titled “Islamic Fundamentalism Causes Terrorism” argued that “Al Qaeda’s goal is not merely to drive the west out of the Middle East but to establish a new caliphate that will create an Islamic world order”. Furthermore, Muslim Brotherhood groups are pressurizing governments to implement Islamic Sharia being the word of God. Revealing the group’s goals, Hasan al-Banna the founder and Supreme of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said: “That a free Islamic state may arise in this free fatherland, acting according to the precepts of Islam, applying its social regulations, proclaiming its sound principles, and broadcasting its sage mission to all...