Discussion 2: “Jihad and Peace.” Please respond to the following: REL 212

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  • The words Islam and Muslim are from the same Aramaic/Semetic root, and the words Salām, Shalom, and Salem are all translated as “ peace,” “peace that comes from submission to God,” “whole,” “ complete,” “intact.”  
    • Explain why “submission” is the major theme of Islam, keeping in mind this history of the words’ meanings.
    • Identify examples of the connections between “submission” and “ peace” or wholeness” within the practice of Islam.
  • Explain the differences between the Greater Jihad and the Lesser Jihad and why you think most non-Muslims know very little about the Greater Jihad.
  • If you could clear up one misunderstanding represented in the media about Islam, what would you correct?  
    • Explain how the West generally misunderstands this belief or practice.
    • Describe what you think it would take for the West to correctly understand it.

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