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Yeah, however history tells you that "cultures" clash all the time. Furthermore "religion" stops any "globalism", since "religion" stops any progress in their tracks. Also "education" or lack thereof has huge influences on the "mentality" towards "globalization" Especially in this country it is obvious that "polarization" and certain "media" ( Fox, NewsMax, Breitbard) does not help to get "broadminded" people here.
Thus as conclusion I say: As long as this country has plenty of "religious" and "right wing" fanatics, then "globalization" is out of the window. Don't forget that "capitalism" creates "greed" and "polarization" between the super rich and the poor and therefore "globalization" is for the rich only interesting if they can make "money" with it..
Your point on religion is well taken. However, it is more of a war between the fundamentalists and the modernists. The modernist religious types are okay in living in a secular world and adhering to the separation of church and state. The fundamentalists want to convert and control the lives everyone. Of course there are people in-between.
Anyway, if we were to take a hard look at Islam, I think we likewise are seeing a struggle between modernists, many of whom reside in western countries, and fundamentalists. Saudi Arabia is an example of how the religious fundamentalists drive government policy. This article is of interest. I quoted it in my blog article on ISIS a while back:
Gatestone Institute: Can Muslims Reopen the Gates of Ijtihad?
"Until Muslim countries and Muslim communities in the West allow their people to express themselves freely -- without fear of reprisal -- it is unlikely that the Muslim world will be able to think creatively and again become a center of science and knowledge, as it used to be in the early centuries of Islam."
"The exercise of critical thinking and independent judgment – or Ijtihad --was an important way to address questions in the early centuries of Islam. After approximately 400 years, however, the leaders of the Sunni Muslim world closed the "Gates of Ijtihad;" Muslims were no longer allowed use itjihad to solve problems. If a seemingly new problem arose, they were supposed to find an analogy from earlier scholars and apply that ruling to the problem that arose. From the 10th century onwards, Sunni Muslim leaders began to see questioning as politically dangerous to their ability to rule. Regrettably, Sunni Muslim leaders reject the use of itjihad to this day."
I don't want to hijack this tread and make it about Islam. However, in terms of globalization, and in particular accommodating Islam in the greater sphere of global cultures, there are real limits. Islamic fundamentalists who use religion to retain power are the real problem. We have nothing to fear from Islam as practiced by modernists.
The whole article is worth reading for those who want to expand their knowledge of Islam.