Background and Context of Debate:
Many cultures are heavily associated with a particular religion, for example, the Arab culture is deeply influenced by Islam and most Indian cultures by Hinduism. The same is also true the other way round, as many religions are contained almost exclusively within one ethnic group, for example, few followers of Judaism are not of Hebrew descent, almost all Shintos are Japanese and although not all Punjabis are Sikhs (probably over half of them are Muslims), just about all Sikhs are Punjabi. In more secular countries and cultures, there is more religious variation, and the largest religions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) span many cultures. But the traditions that make each culture unique are heavily reliant on religion. Some argue that without their specific religions, cultures would be quickly reduced to virtually nothing. But is this the case? Would, for example, Arab culture still be recognisable as Arab culture if most Arabs turned away from Islam and either became secularised or turned to another religion?