Need an research paper on religion is incompatible with modernity. Needs to be 5 pages. Please no plagiarism. Business can be conducted between people placed across the world in a matter of minutes over the telephone, and video conferencing, etc. While most people have made the transition into modernity gradually and accepted these innovations into their lives, some people still prefer to hold on to some things that provide solidarity and meaning to their lives. things that do not change with time. Religion is one of those things that people hold dear to them and this can perhaps best be illustrated by using the example of Islam, a religion that has been under fire since the 9/11 incident. Since this debate is almost certainly never-ending about the compatibility of religion and modernity, the discussion on Islam shall be used to arrive at a conclusion to the broader topic of religion as a whole.
Before delving further into this debate about the compatibility (or lack of) of religion and modernity, it is important to define modernity in order to provide meaning to this debate. According to Business Dictionary.com (2012), modernity can be defined as:
“Characteristics of modern (post-second World War) societies that have capitalistic economies and democratic political structures, and are highly industrialized and divided into social classes based on economic status. These characteristics include a regular pattern of everyday life, urbanization, the influx of women at all levels of employment and business, secular outlook, sexual freedom, the sharp reduction in birth rate, standardized education system, and pervasive use of technology especially in communications.” I shall be using this definition and the points highlighted within it to arrive at a conclusion.
The first point in the above definition is capitalistic economies. Esposito (2001) succinctly states that there are no issues in Islam regarding capitalism which can be clearly seen by the example of the Prophet Muhammad, who was a businessman. Also, Esposito (2001) also mentions that the only reservation Islam has for capitalism is the widening gap between the rich and the poor.