In a message dated 9/21/02 5:58:08 PM GMT Daylight Time,
> Your point that the strong family and communal ties may have played a
> significant role in Islam's resistance to western values that tend to
> encourage individualism and freedom is correct. It isn't only Islam where
> this applies. This same phenomena applies pretty much across the board in
> other societies, i.e., Mexico. The question this brings to my mind is what
> comes first, the chicken or the egg. Is this phenomena the cause or the
> result of some other factor?
I may be right off beam here, but Mexican and Spanish culture has feminine
tendencies? If this is also so in Islamic traditions then these traditions
may value intuition and aestheticism?
The Greek culture was masculine in tone and the aesthetic was subverted in
Christ on his cross continues this masculine feature whereas Mexican culture
values the Madonna and not Christ.
So, an indication of the answer to your chicken and egg problem may that the
particular nature of masculine tradition is a counterpart to feminine
wholeness and inclusion? I have a tendency myself to think of the feminine as
All the best,
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