Islamic penetration in the rural areas, on the other hand, made piecemeal infiltration over a long period of time with significant gains awaiting a much later period. Islam is the second largest religion in the world after Christianity, with about 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide. Post by FinallyFree » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:21 am. Eastern Ethiopia is now the principle center for Islamic culture and most Muslims in this country are Sunni. The first form has to do with the relationship between Islamic religious identity and Arabic ethnic identity. Islam is the largest religion in Africa, with a particularly strong presence in the North and West. Islam, major world religion that emphasizes monotheism, the unity of God (‘Allah’ in Arabic), and Muhammad as his final messenger in a series of revelations. The religion of Islam does not condone — and it actually condemns — practices such as dishonorable “honor killings,” racism or tribalism, oppression of women, banning women from … Islam is the second largest religion in much of Europe, and Muslim communities exist in North and South America as well. It is opened to everybody and muslims actively proselityze (Jews don't do it) , but I have an impression that arab culture had a big impact on the whole muslim world. The fourth holy city of Islam, Harar, is located here. This confusion takes two forms. North American Christians are often confused about the relationship between the religion of Islam and the ethnic identity of Muslims. Arab is an ethnic group and as such Arabs can be Christian, Jewish, atheist, Muslim or any other religion. As the literal word of God, the Qur’an makes known the will of God, to which humans must surrender (lending the name Islam, meaning ‘surrender’). Top. Islam is a religion. The watershed in the changing relationship between religious and ethnic affiliation for Igbo converts is the end of the war in 1970 and resultant changes in Igbo perceptions of Muslims, and changes in Igbo community structures. FinallyFree Posts: 574 Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:53 am. It is a walled town of roughly 122,000 people and holds 82 mosques, 3 of which are dated back to the 10th Century. People often forget that the largest Muslim country in the world is Indonesia and the majority of the world's Muslims are not Arab. Islam in Africa therefore was primarily an urban religion (with an urban ethos) that fostered commitment to its religious system ranging from ethnic self-identity to Islamic self-identity, universal and transethnic in scope. Re: Islam-an ethnic religion? Sizeable Muslim minorities exist in many countries, including Russia and China. Is Islam some kind of ethnic religion? 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