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Reflective diary (week 4) – by Noorharisah

Religion is an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, practice and worship that centre on one supreme God or the deity. Some religion involves a number of God or deity or no God. Religion also is a way of life. The topic that has been discussed in this week is related to religion which is religion conflict. There are three more topics that have been discussed in class which is irredentism and separatism, terrorism and non-violent alternatives.

According what have been discussed in class, religion conflict means incompatibility or disagreement arising from differences in faith and belief. It incompatibility defined along the religious distinctions. Besides, it dispute about important political, economic, cultural, or territorial issues between two or more religious communities. I was always heard about the conflict that happens in Nigeria, Syria, and Palestine, but I do not know what kind of conflict that they were face. For instance, in Syria, the type of conflict that they faced is intra-religious conflict which is conflict between the same religions. There are three more types of conflict like inter-religious, ethno-religious and political religious. In my opinion, political religious conflict should not happen in this world. Politician used the religion for their sake or importance. It is like they are playing with religion. Even though, it happens in Malaysia nowadays. I felt very disappointed with who are involved in this conflict. They are not respecting their own religion; the how they will learn to respect others.

Word Irredentism itself originated from italiano “irredenta” which means unredeemed Italy. The doctrine that should be controlled by the country to which they are ethically or historically related. Irredentism is any position advocating annexation of territories administered by another state on the grounds of common ethnicity or prior historical possession, actual or alleged “pan movement”. In other word, they are wants to join the majority people at particular country. I do not really understand this word actually because this is my first time I heard this word. After that, we also learned about separatism which is means a social system that provides separate facilities for minority group. It is a disposition toward schism and secession from a larger group.

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