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Link to original question:http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/world_hist_frq_02_10374.pdf
From the beginning of human religion, man has always held praise for his god. He cherishes this god and holds the same standard throughout his life. This philosophy of man is applied to every religion but more importantly to Christians and Muslims. Their views from 70CE to nearly 1500 CE have held high distinction towards equality and inequality continuously towards the sinful act of trades and their complementary bestowers, the merchants.
From the Christian view, religious philosophers and Christian texts agree that the act of trading always leads to the downfall of heavenly entrance (Documents 1,3,4). However, Reginald argues of receiving acceptance through the surrendering of man's possession to God and ultimately can achieve heavenly sentence (Document 3). The counter arguments aquiesce however that merchants and trading will continuously lead to a life of deceit, and therefore, deny the entrance to heaven (Documents 1,4). This belief of trade and attitude towards merchants periodically remain the same in the eyes of religious followers. Even the Christian's rivals, the Muslims, hold like opinions.
Similar to the Christians, Muslims too hold high standards of religious duty. Because of this, they enforce their dislike towards merchants much like the Christians. The Qur'ran and Islamic authorities share Christian views ironically and also degrade the status of merchants (Documents 2,5,7). But again like the Christians, Muslim scholar Ibn Khaldun provides stipulants of the merchant industry that will help allow Muslim followers to reach Allah (Document 5). Comparable to Document 3, Khaldun states that trade should be equal and without this equality, creates a vaccuum of power-hungry lords that leads to cheat and dishonesty in the trading world (Document 5). This stipulant extends to Document 2, where it is stated that only the honest merchants of Islam will take the ranks of martyrs.
Though these documents may have a general view of the attitude towards merchants in the Islamic and Christian worlds, they are all biased towards religious followers. This bias can be taken away if more liberal documents from ordinary citizens/merchants were used, and if these views are spread evenly to balance out religious views. However, if these documents were used to analyze the attitude towards merchants in Christian and Islamic worlds between 70CE and 1500 CE, readers could conclude that these writers held a strong contempt towards the trading class; however, it should be said that some writers and philosophers agree that heavenly sentence can be achieved only if the trade is clean, pure, and an act of holiness towards God.
NOTE: I know there are alot of spelling errors/gramatical.