characteristics of orientalism Essay

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Muslims and Arabs are not the same people. Although many people think that they are one of the same groups this is not true. Arabs are defined as a nationality the same as Germans are. Arabs live in the Arabian regions and speak and write Arabic. Arabs may be different religion. A Muslim is an individual that has a specific religious view the same way a Christian has their religious views. A Muslim can live or come from anywhere where as an Arab can only live or come from one area. An Arab can be a Muslim because they accept the Islamic religion as their own. The tragedy of 9/11 has had a bad and unfair result in the treatment of the Muslim and Arabic members of American society in my opinion. A big example of thins would be how they are treated when traveling on air planes or other public transportation. I have a friend that is Muslim, he owns his own business and after 9/11 he was not getting very much business because people did not want to do business with a Muslim. He changed his name to disguise his Muslim beliefs. After he changed his name his business picked back up. “Orientalism is the simplistic view of the people and history of the Orient, with no recognition of change over time or the diversity within its many cultures.” Racial and Ethnic Groups, Tenth Edition, by Richard T. Schaefer. Published by Prentice-Hall. Copyright © 2006 by Pearson Education, Inc. Many of the characteristics of Orientalism like the extreme religious and the belief that the Orient is considered to