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Making Friends In The Non-Western World

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The criticisms of the Islamic world as a prototype for problems with the non-Western world in general, though it is understood there are many cultures in the non-Western world and they are not all alike. For that matter, the dislike of some aspects of American culture in the Islamic world involves criticisms, whether they realize it or not, which one makes about themselves. The puritanism of both Islamic and Anglo-American Protestant cultures is such that the emphasis is more on avoiding sin, not seeking forgiveness from someone in authority. Actually Americans are in some ways just as fatalistic as Arabs, but the Arabs are fatalistic about their social loyalties. Political cultures are influenced by the cultural institutions that determine how manners, morals, and customs are learned and enforced.

Keywords: Anglo-American protestant; Islamic world; non-Western world



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