Choose one issue covered in the course and compare how it relates to TWO religions of your choice.
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions with historians gaging is to be over 5000 years old whilst Islam as one of the youngest originating about 1500 years ago (ABC 2014). Islam and Hinduism are the second and third largest religions in the world, respectively. Combined they account for the faith of over 2.6 billion people all over the world (CIA 2014). Thus the actions and customs of these people impact the lives of over 1.1 billion women all over the world (CIA 2014). The topic of this essay is the similarities and differences of marriage in both the Islam and Hindu faiths, with a particular focus on child marriages.
Marriage in the Western culture is a social norm, it is a legal union between a female and male.
Within the Hindu faith marriage is a sacramental moment in one's life, as it much more than a legal union between two people it is a bond between families and a continuance of the patriarchal line (Allendorf & Ghimire 2013). Klostermaier (2008, p 45) notes that marriage as the most important saÃ¡Â¹ÂskÃÂra for all Hindus as it a women becomes 'half of man' and she is defined by him. Allendorf & Ghimire (2013) states that Hindu belief emphasises a patriarchal society where by the male reigns supremacy over the woman, also the doctrine of pativratya (husband vow) reinforces the concept of being married to that man is for life, and it is seen as the one of the highest levels of devotion. According to the Laws of Manu (n.d.) 5.154 a women is expected to worship her husband as a god whilst devoting her whole life to servicing him and...