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Earth religions beyond the milky way -Islam. by V4m2c4 Earth religions beyond the milky way -Islam. by V4m2c4
The Coshum are some of the first indigenous species to experience a clash between human categorical norms and the norms of the indigenous.
Coshum indigenous spiritual practices and ideologies are quite fluid and are enforced, stricken and rebuilt by appointed spiritual leaders or “prophets ‘ every generation, a fluidity analogues to their own being. When Islam was brought to the planet, a prophet based faith held similarities to their own; it was believed by the coshum to be a sect of their own faith. Yet they later came to know the restrictions enforced by this new faith.
coshum by nature are hermaphrodites, a fact originally unknown to the Islamic leaders and Imans. Yet once a method of gender identification and classification was established, all be it inaccurate, “males” were sent to learn from Imans.
When missionaries began enforcing strict gender rules, roles, codes and conducts there was a great deal of confusion. Categorized male coshum would next day be exhibiting what was believed to be female roles and mannerisms. Once completely understood, Islamic law was eager to rectify the believed to be impure behavior.
This free wielding sexuality was deemed an abomination and was strictly prohibited by force. While many did comply to identifying with a singular gender a “third gender” did appear. This 3rd gender continued to practice the indigenous ideologies and hermaphroditeism. Most 3rd genders still play a vital role in society as they are the only ones equip with indigenous knowledge, such as medicine.
Worshipping towards Mecca was established quite early and the problem of accurately facing Mecca was rectified through the celestial astrolabe. This piece of machinery is capable of locating Mecca across the galaxy, pin pointing the exact location of devotion. Many devotees also use shrapnel from the original ship, the ship that brought Islam, as a religious artifact used during worship.
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Tordenskjold89 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Very nice drawing and an interesting concept, I'm impressed by your imagination! One thing I noticed though is the focus on the Coshum being hermaphrodites as a religious issue - I don't think that would necessarily be the case. Looking at Iran, where transgender persons are recognized and can apply for state subzidised sex change operations, or Pakistan, which recognized transgender people as one of the first countries in the world. Otherwise I found your take on the challenges of Islam in spcae very interesting : )
V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
thank you! I think it is less a transgendered issue and more a sociological one with the Coshum. Men are supposed to act, learn teach behave a certain way as are women. "girls should act this way boys this way" mentality. Coshum are not transgendered by our definition. Prior to conversion gender was fluid. There wasn't a seeking or feeling of being a different sex/gender like in earth's transgendered community. (being biologically male but feeling female) Coshum are both male and female biologically and so gender standards didn't exist. But when an earth religion that has rules on how men and women should act are enforced that causes the confusion. 
Ebervalius Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very lever ideas, my friend!
ironsides11 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
This is science fiction at it's finest right here: using strange and otherworldly settings to examine, critique, or to experiment with society. In a society with only a single sex, Islamic (and indeed, human) culture would have a hard time reconciling their ancient beliefs with this difference. The strict enforcement of human sexuality on a (from my human perspective) sexless society seems to be creating a good deal of confusion among the Coshum... and it seems that the confusion is what keeps the third gender alive. Indeed, throughout Islamic history (although it's not a solely Islamic phenomena) there have often been people of a third gender, usually young boys dressed as women, who take the roles of women as women are often not allowed to dance in public or similar things. I've heard about this sort of thing still going on in some more *ahem* backwater countries.
Of course, it should be noted that the Coshum are voluntarily converting due to their background with prophets, so all this confusion is by choice. Since prophets are both central and transitory in their culture, it will be interesting to see how they'd respond to exposure to Judaism and Mormonism in addition to Islam. The more the merrier, right?
FrayedFlight Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Love this series.
The-Revenant Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Writer
This is very interesting. I think you've switched "Imam" and "Iman," though, as "Iman" is a facet of Islamic philosophy/theology while an "Imam" is a religious instructor and prayer leader.

Really excited about the possibilities of seeing Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and other religions!
Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Interesting how in your stories Christianity found a species that was a perfect fit for the religion, but Islam found a species fundamentally unsuited. All up to chance, I guess.
V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
I wouldn't say the christian one found one that fit perfectly necessarily. As the human missionaries are no longer there to inform and monitor the practice of christianity. so christianity was melded and somewhat bastardized to fit their culture. It truly is up to chance much like christian missionaries meeting the Aztecs, had it been buddhist meeting the aztecs might the outcome have been different?
NeuStrasbourg Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Yeah not sure if the "islam is ludicrously sexist/homophobic" approach might not be a bit superficial... I don't know much about islam but it's not obvious to me why even in a distant space-faring age islam would be the one religion to impose gender and even homophobia on hermaphrodites; to me that looks more like a current cultural trend
V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
By no means was it meant to be "sexist/homophobic" but there is blatant fact that there is segregation in Islamic law/creed. (in fact it's alive and well in all faiths yet not as controversial as some Islamic beliefs) Law is the Quran in the middle east, there is no distinction. But wearing a veil, burqua or Niqab is part of the Islamic creed as its purpose is to cover "Awrah" or intimate parts of the body according to Islam. Now beliefs change and evolve sure, but if the Quran is to be followed as as the truth then some form of burqua will be worn as the rules to live ethically are spelled out in it and covering Awrah is one of them. With homophobia, I don't perceive Hermaphrodites as homosexual. there is no sexual preference, hermaphrodite means you have both genitalia and are capable of giving birth or fertilizing(at least in animals) the issue in this is not hermaphrodites specifically but the fact that In Islam there are specifically spelled out guidelines as to what a male or female can/nt do and what is expected of them. (called Namus) Also as much as religious groups evolve there will always be some form of "conservatism" in religion not necessarily spirituality (there is a difference). Where we ,outsiders, may perceive it as sexism or homophobia they perceive it as religious truth. same with Christianity's opinion homosexuality, regardless of what governmental law says on the matter there will still be conservative attitudes, with some, on the matter. Or the Judaic practice of circumcision for that matter. Some my find it barbaric to cut away at a child's genitalia but in judaic custom it is the covenant with god. So all in all I can see why you would make that assumption but it was not my intent to "bash" or villainize Islamic beliefs. In fact there are some beautiful aspects of Islam. This is just one specific example of human customs interacting with alien realities. not to mention it would be a bland image if I were to say heres an alien and they are islamic. I wanted to mix cultural realities and see what it would be like to have worlds collide. Also this is just the start of my "earth religion beyond the milky way" series. There will be others addressing religion's suppressive nature.
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