The relation between Islam and the west has passed away a long historical plot. The most popular issue has been discussed is the Crusade which effects remain felt up till now. The both sides of the war were keeping the psychological biases in viewing each other. On one side, they tended to forget the big tragedy to get a better relationship between one to another, but on the other side, a certain suspicions obsessed them.
One of the psychological impacts appeared at the Islamic studies that were performed by the west-Christians to the east-Islam. On the time, Islam was viewed as a heretical form of Christianity. This point of view was perpetually constructed and inherited from generation to generation that the gap between Islam and Christians gets wider and, in the aftermath, appears so many biased writings about Islam. At this phase, the image of Islam pictured upon religious biases.
Furthermore, some westerners began to study Islam, although the image of Islam didn’t yet take a favorable turn. At this phase, Islam was understood as a part of its adherers, that is, a still primitive and uncivilized community. So, this image of Islam was contaminated by ethnical and cultural biases. This phase was marked by the spreading colonialization and imperialism performed by the European to its colonies (Muslih, 2003). Continue reading