1.explain first, why a cultural relativism perspective on Islam can be detrimental for our understanding of Muslims and terrorism. Please link your explanation to the following quote:
“This history assumes that people’s public behavior, specifically their political behavior, can be read from their religion, Could it be that a person who takes his or her religion literally is a potential terrorist? That only someone who thinks of a religious text as not literal, but as metaphorical or figurative, is better suited to civic life and the tolerance it calls for? How, one may ask, does the literal reading of sacred texts translate into hijacking, murder, and terrorism? (p. 767)”
Second, explain why a de-historized approach to culture leads to a myopic understanding of terrorism.Also, please feel free to note your personal reactions and thoughts to article. I would be interested to read them.
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