TEACHINGS OF ISLAM
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The term HINDUISM as we understand it today to describe: particular religion is modern, as also is the concept which it presupposes, both resulting from a series of choices made from range of belief, ritual and practice which were collated into the creation of this religion. Unlike the Semitic religion, particularly Christianity and Islam (with which the comparison is often made which began with a founder and structure at a point in time and evolved largely in relation to them, Hinduism (and I use the word lure in its contemporary meaning) has been constituted largely through a range of reaction to specific historical situations. This is partly why some prefer to use the phrase Hindu religions (in the plural) rather than Hinduism. Ironically there has been little analysis of the various manifestations of Hinduism from a historical perceptive. The normative and the empirical in the analysis of Hinduism are seldom interwoven. Comparisons with Semitic religions-particularly Islam and Christianity–are not fortuitous since these have been catalysts in the search for a structure among contemporary Hindus.