Muslims have a bad reputation in America and we all know this for many reasons, but Muslims are just like you and I. They live in a modern society even though they say they want to go back to the golden times. This transition into the modern world for a group that is stereotyped to be lesser than other groups is not a surprise. This transition started from education. Most of the Muslim leaders now or previously were highly educated. They encourage all those to be educated in the all areas including technology and politics. Muslim groups are structured and organized just like ours with many democratic systems set in stone. They have the newest technology and weaponry which they prove countless times in terroristic attacks. Most Muslims do not believe these attacks are morally right or necessary though. Only the radical Muslims believe in pre-modern times. Charles Kurzman shows us that Muslims are just like us only some of them have different religious views. He also illustrates that all parts of the world are modernizing. It is not just Western Europe and North America that are in modern times. Knowledge, ideas, and technology are spreading worldwide. Charles Kurzman says, “Western culture, we are learning, is not the only form that modernity may assume.” The whole world modernizing, but Americans and others still judge Muslims as being below them. “We are Muslims but not Islam itself…We do not monopolize religion. Democracy as we understand it means pluralism, choice, and freedom.” It is time for the world to not judge all Muslims for the actions of only the minority of their population as we have all evolved a new modern time.
Giddens does not address parts of the world other than Western Europe but he does talk about globalization and how the spreading of technology and knowledge was achieved. He says, “Capital has never allowed its aspirations to be determined by national boundaries. Capitalism has been such a fundamental globalizing influence precisely because it is an economic rather than political order” (69). Although Giddens does not state exactly the fact that Muslims are modern he refers to modernity spreading to all places of the globe. This shift from Western Europe to everywhere is past Giddens time of writing the book. Capitalism led us to new places, but it was education that modernized these areas including the Muslims. Once new knowledge is obtained it can be shared and applied to everyone. These ideas spread making the idea common knowledge. Knowledge leads to the spread of technology which then spreads communication. Education is the basis of globalization. Capitalism may have caused us to go new places, but that would never have happened if it was not for the new knowledge and ideas that were taught to North America and Western Europe. With all areas of the globe learning new things every day, it will not take long for the world to be caught up to America and the Muslims are proving this. How much longer does the U.S. have as a superpower before other nations past them? Can the U.S. lead the way in new thinking and stay ahead of all the rest? Only the future will tell, but as Giddens says, there will always be benefits and unintended consequences that decide the future of all things.