Muslim Migration in the West: Needs of Cultural Understanding for Co Existence

Mohammad Al-Amin
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As Islam spread over wide areas, either as followers of other religions and faiths have come to embrace Islam as individuals or in groups, or as Muslims reached these regions and interacted and integrated with their peoples, Islamic minorities emerged with two cultural distinctive features. First, these minorities are homogeneous groups of people stemming from their original societies, thus belonging to the nations in which they live ; second, the numerical factor did not deprive these minorities from their political and civil rights within their nations. This applies to new converts to Islam from non-Islamic countries, as well as to Muslims who settled in non-Islamic countries, integrated the new environment and legally acquired the citizenship of the host country. Thanks to these features the condition of Muslims in some non-Islamic countries differs from the condition prevailing for Islamic minorities in various regions of the world. Based on this analysis, according to the numerical factor, and in accordance with the universally recognized legal and constitutional provisions, we can conclude that Islamic minorities belong under one of the three following categories: First : Nationals of non-Islamic countries who belong to these countries through origin and citizenship, bound by the same duties and enjoying the same rights. This category accounts for the largest portion of Islamic minorities (such as the Muslims of India, China, the Philippines, and the Russian Federation, living in their native countries). They are part and parcel of its people and their conversion to Islam does not affect their citizenship.
Second : Nationals of Islamic countries living in non-Islamic countries and governed by international law and local legislation. This category is ranked in the second position, numerically speaking (e.g. Muslims from OIC Member States living in various countries of the world). Third : Nationals of non-Islamic countries living in non-Islamic foreign countries. (such as the Muslims of India, China, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, South Africa, etc. living in countries that are non-members of the OIC).

Keywords: Muslim Migration, Cultural Effects, Wester Culture
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Mohammad Al-Amin

Dhaka University
Dhaka, Bangladesh

PLACE OF BIRTH : Dhaka, Bangladesh

SEX : Male

AGE: July 16, 1972

EDUCATION : MBA, Dhaka University, Bangladesh B.Arch( Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology,

SPECIAL COURSES : Certificate on “Establishing Small Industry”
Bangladesh Management Development Center, 1989
Certificate on " Export Marketing "
Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corporation, 1990

Certificate of attending Adopting, Applying Environmentaly Sound Technology Assessment
Dresden Technical University, Germany, 1996

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Conference Children’s environmental Health, 2001 in Washington DC, USA

Conference on Science and Ethics, Organized by IFTS Paris, France, 1996

Conference on Management and Conservation of Lakes, Kashumigaura,95, Ibaraki. Japan. October 1995.

Conference on Environmental Education in the Commonwealth Organized by University of Brad ford, UK, July 1993. Presented a paper on " Environmental Education. "

International Conference on Environment and Development, Organized by International Association for Impact Assessment, USA in Shanghai, China June 1993. Presented a paper on " Technological Human Resource Development and employment"

Conference on An View to Earth Summit and Global Forum, September, 1991. Maryland, USA. organized by World Action Forum.

Workshop on Inter cultural Relation and Round table on Values and Ethics. Taipei, Taiwan, August, 1990. Organized by Taiwan Association for Inter cultural Relation.

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