Religion and everyday Culture of the Norwegian VS the Turkish People (1950 words)

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I. Introduction (1/2 page): Describe your topic or question and present which two groups you will be looking at (Telling the reader briefly if they have similar or different practices and if there is a relationship related to this concept between the two). Explain why the question you are asking is an important component of social development and everyday life.
II. Culture/Country #1 (2 pages): In the first section, you will examine the first group you have chosen and address the following questions:
· Everyday life and incorporation: What are the norms, beliefs and values surrounding this topic within this culture? What does it look like in the everyday lives of those who are a part of this culture? What are the unique ways it impacts the lives of those within the culture?
· The Historical Impact: What significant historical factors have contributed to how this topic is seen/ incorporated into this culture today? Have there been any major changes over time? Are there specific laws surrounding this topic
· Recent Developments: Find a news story that happened within the examined culture/ country that highlights the topic you are exploring. What happened in the story and why is it significant? How is it a reflection of how this topic has evolved over time or how historical influences still hold significance?
III. Culture/Country #2 (2 pages): In the next section, you will examine the second group you have chosen and address the following questions (same as above):
· Everyday life and incorporation: What are the norms, beliefs and values surrounding this topic within this culture? What does it look like in the everyday lives of those who are a part of this culture? What are the unique ways it impacts the lives of those within the culture?
· The Historical Impact: What significant historical factors have contributed to how this topic is seen/ incorporated into this culture today? Have there been any major changes over time? Are there specific laws surrounding this topic
· Recent Developments: Find a news story that happened within the examined culture/ country that highlights the topic you are exploring. What happened in the story and why is it significant? How is it a reflection of how this topic has evolved over time or how historical influences still hold significance?
IV. Comparing Two Groups (1 page): Now that you have examined both counties/ cultures, take some time to compare them by answering the following questions.
· In what ways are the group’s practices (norms, beliefs, values) similar or different?
· How are the histories between these two groups similar or different? How have they led to the differences between these two groups?
· If the two groups are in some ways related (land, conflict, allies) in relation to the topic, explain how and what significance this relationship has for the topic within their culture/ country. [Have the two groups learned from or opposed each other?]
V. Reflection (1/2 page): Wrap up your project by providing your own reflection.
· Do you think that these two groups could learn something from one another based on their individual standing with the topic? If so, what specifically; if not explain why not.
· If there is conflict between these two groups surrounding this topic, do you think it can ever be resolved
VI. Bibliography (not included in page count) Note: you should be using at least two reputable sources for each group you are investigating and one news source per group as well.

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Main focus of this project is the comparison between impacts of religion in everyday life in Turkey and Norway, countries which are both declared as secular, but have different perceptions on religion and secularism. The comparison of these two countries is a perfect way to show variety and contradictions of secularism and religion in modern day societies. The two countries are both geographically in Europe (a part of Turkey), but belong to different cultural backgrounds. While Norway is a Scandinavian country with a Germanic and Protestant background, Turkey is in the southeastern part of Europe (a part and the largest city – Istanbul) and has a Muslim and Central Asian backgrounds. This comparison is important for realization of which factors in modern societies are affecting religiousness and in what way religion is connected with culture and everyday life. In primitive societies, without modern technology and modern means of transport, we might say that religion had the key role in creating of perception of social reality and it was involved in all spheres of live, and at the end had a very significant influence on individuals as well. In this paper, I will try to give an answer to the question of the level of involvement of religion in everyday life in Norway and Turkey, and what are these countries backgrounds.
Islam is the largest religion of Turkey with 99 % followers in total population. (US Department of State, 2005) Culturally, and in a lot of different social aspects, Turkish people are influenced by both European and Eastern culture and that represents their unique mixture. Despite the fact that Turkey is by its constitution proclaimed as a secular state, influence of religion is strong, especially in family life and gender relations. The significance of this influence varies...
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