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Volume :31 Issue : 2 2003      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Our Cultural Identity and Globalization

Auther : Abul Yazid Z. Al-Ajami

 

The globalization we are currently experiencing and its impact on cultural peculiarities, has become a challenge for Islamic thought in latest decades. The present study is primarily directed towards exploring the possibility of peaceful co-existence between our Islamic culture and trends of global thoughts. A description of Islamic cultural identity is given, as a head start to discuss globalization and areas of co-existence. As of the characteristics of our culture, we postulate that: it is religious as of origin and reference. It gives our nation its main aspect and mission. It gives man its superb status regardless of race, color, or religion. It gives discourse a high rank as a religious duty and a life basic matter, etc. As of globalization, the study moves to cover these points: the historical head start of the concept, the different western perspectives of the concept, a comparative analysis of globalization and universalism, the cognitive presentation of the concept adopted by proponents of globalization, to antagonists and the current reaction towards globalization as its fluctuating between two poles; one full of optimism and another of deep pessimism. The study deals with a major question namely: how can we hold to our cultural identity in the globalization era? The study concludes with a clear vision of a solid cultural identity that can involve in constructive discourse in the globalization era, free from confusion and anxiety.

Keywords: Cultural identity, Globalization, Islam, End of history, Clash of civilization.

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