In this Pro-seminar, we will go through the effect of culture and religion in the course of a travel through the respective territories. The course of this document will explore the ideas and thoughts raised by various traveler writers including Isabella Ebenhardt along with Amin Maaloff and Mohammed Asad apart from some other prominent Islamic and Western writers. This introduces us to the various thoughts that has gone through the people in the medieval period to days early in this century. This essay portrays the islam that Prophet suggested and the one that has been adopted in today’s world and the differences in the perception of what the Christian culture ‘thinks’ they have done in the past or they are doing today and the effect of the same on the culture and the relationship between people living as a community. We will also see how the world culture patronizes cultures of varied hues just for the sake of intellect and society.
Clash of Religion
Travel through various countries and lands always invariably bring in the multifarious dimensions of the land traveled on. Cultures vary; practices vary; the way religions are practices also varies. The communication gap between the prophet and the today’s follower has increased to a great extent and on more than one occasion, the teachings of the prophet has been forgotten or not understood or worse still, not read at all. More or less this happens to be the case with the Christian and other Pagan religions as well.
In the Medieval Eurasia and Africa, the clash of the religions was substantial high. This was reflected in the words of the Leo the African traveler on more than one occasion. Leo, as a Muslim started his run away from his birthplace, Grenada since he was chased out by the Christian capturers of Grenada. His journey went through Morocco and Egypt which happen to be Muslim and the difficulties he faces are minimal. Though, his adventures do invoke interest in the reader. Until, he falls into the hands of a set of Christian Pirates who take him as a prisoner for and on behalf of the Pope. He was a made a slave of the Pope. Travel in the Medieval world or on the threshold of the Modern world was very precarious particularly traveling into another country which had a different religion as its practice.
In the early twentieth century, this clash had reached a crescendo. For instance, the Russians did not have any religion to support as a matter of fact, they were against the practice of any religion and hence there was an immense gap between the people who practices religion and those who did not. Whether it were the Muslims or the Jews, the Russians and their government was against them. And they disturbed the practitioners in all ways possible, whether it is the Islam or be it Jews or Christians. This has been brought up very well by Mohammed Asad in his book, the road to Mecca. His travel from Afghanistan where his knowledge on Islam is well appreciated by the local Hakim, while at the same time, when he travels through the USSR and the rest of the Eastern Europe, he finds an atheistic thought process among the people and the government which has made the life different and difficult to practice their own religions or preferences. For a traveler, though this does not mean a major change, but it does cause a change in the approach that the person might have during his short sojourn in that country with a different perspective.
Clash of Culture
In more than one way, culture has become an offshoot of religion. Every religion in the world has its own culture and practices that it spreads across its own community. Mohammed the prophet propounded a social scheme that had no divisions of nation or creed or religious ones. All people are the same irrespective of their birth and whose sons and daughters they might be. There is no division in the name of sex or in the name of any other priorities. These things ensured that the people are one and all people are born as one. More communistic than even