Can you help me with a good thesis statement to write an essay about "How has terrorism become associated with Islam"?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In order to come up with a thesis statement, you need to figure out what, exactly, you are arguing.  For example, there are at least two ways in which you can understand this question.  This could be a question of why people associate terrorism with Islam.  However, it could also be a question about why some Muslims have come to be terrorists.

If you are answering the first of these questions, the answer is obvious.  Terrorism has come to be associated with Islam because Muslims have committed many terrorist acts in the last 40 years or so.  The most important of these have, of course, been the various attacks by Al-Qaeda.  But there was also the Palestinian attack on the Israeli Olympic team at the Munich Olympics in 1972.  If this is what you are asking about, my thesis statement would be "Terrorism has come to be associated with Islam because the most high-profile terrorist acts of the last few decades have been committed by Muslims.

If you are looking to explain why some Muslims become terrorists, you can look either to religious explanations or sociological/historical ones.  You can try to argue that the Muslim value of jihad makes Muslims more likely to embrace terrorism.  Your thesis statement then would be something like "Islam has come to be associated with terrorism because the Muslim value of jihad predisposes some Muslims to engage in what they see as holy war against the West."

However, you can also argue that terrorism is a perversion of Islam and its values.  If you are going to argue this, you would have to say something like "Terrorism has become falsely associated with Islam because some Muslims espouse a terrorist ideology and claim that it is consistent with Islam."

ibs009 | Student

just to let you know islam forbids terrorism and suicide.islam is not associated with terorism but terrorist have their opinion that it is and i will say again it has nothing to do with islam

luke18035 | Student

Well a major terrorist attack was at the time of 9 11 with the MUslims. This affected Muslims alot. Or also Osama bin LAdin when he killed many innocent people who killed no one.

azxdfwer | Student

I am actually upset with teach; if you look at history, you'll find that CHRISTIANITY/ JUDAESM are the religions with most bloodshed. I absolutely believe that terrorist acts AGAINST Muslims have and are continuouing to be done in this day and age by CHRISTIAN AND JUDAESM terrorist groups. Unfortunately, since both said religious groups control the media, such acts of terrorism are given a high profile.


Please research Jewish occupation of Palestine and the Hitler-like occupations there, as well as propaganda you recieve with regards to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc (ie, operation OIL) and the terrorist acts done against citizens there.