It is often performed when the boy is still a toddler.Traditionally, the circumcision was accompanied by a celebration, while today is frequently takes place in a hospital clinic. But there is a series of actions beginning around age seven that lead children towards their gender-based, adult roles in Moslem society.
There are other religious traditions in which religion and politics are differently perceived, and in which, therefore, the problems and the possible solutions are radically different from those we know in the West.
Most of these traditions, despite their often very high level of sophistication and achievement, remained or became local—limited to one region or one culture or one people.
“I grew up watching ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Knight Rider’ and Hot Wheels commercials,” he said.
“When I got to college, having never set foot in America, I knew more American pop-culture references than my friends did.” As a standup, he said, “I was so eager to avoid being known as an immigrant comedian, or as a Muslim comedian, that I would just come out wearing a T-shirt and start talking about video games.
It was in the United States, however, that the principle was first given the force of law and gradually, in the course of two centuries, became a reality.
If the idea that religion and politics should be separated is relatively new, dating back a mere three hundred years, the idea that they are distinct dates back almost to the beginnings of Christianity.
"All marriages in Lebanon are performed by a religious authority and are registered in the husband's jurisdiction of birth.
Those wishing to have a civil marriage must marry outside the country.
In one of his letters Thomas Jefferson remarked that in matters of religion "the maxim of civil government" should be reversed and we should rather say, "Divided we stand, united, we fall." In this remark Jefferson was setting forth with classic terseness an idea that has come to be regarded as essentially American: the separation of Church and State.