Project #77053 - Religion: Islam: 9 questions - 150 words per question.

 

QUESTION 1 - 4 = NO DEFINITIONS, USE CREATIVE WRITING!

 

Approx. 150 WORDS PER QUESTION (- + 10 words)

QUESTION 1 - 4 ARE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

 

1.

 

Islam would not be so popular if it did not have characteristics that appeal to a broad range of people.  What attracts people to Islam?  What basic beliefs make it so meaningful to so many people?

 

2.

 

Should Muslim women practice veiling?  In France, the government has attempted to prevent school girls from veiling in order to integrate them into French society.  Should children be prevented from veiling according to national standards?  Is veiling a tradition only possible through the dominance of women by men?  An attempt to control women’s sexuality?

 

3.

 

The meaning of the term “Islam” is submission.  A Muslim is one who submits.  What does it mean to submit to god?  Is this a good thing for a person of faith?

 

4.

 

Modern society is rife with examples of radical Muslims who have perpetrated violence on others, claiming to be defending their faith and acting to protect Islam.  Do such radicals have a point?  Is Islam a religion of violence? You might review this essay from a Muslim organization before you answer. http://muslimmatters.org/2010/02/21/is-islam-a-violent-religion/

 

QUESTIONS 5 - 9 = MORE DEFINITIONS, CITE SOURCES.

 

5.

 

 One part of Islam is represented by mysticism.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_Cf-ZxDfZA
Mysticism is common in almost all religions.  It is that part of a religion dedicated to feelings and emotions.  Sometimes authorities in Islam are very critical of mystical traditions in Islam.  One common tradition is represented by Sufis. Describe Sufis.  Why is it important?  Why does mysticism in any religion attract a lot of followers?

 

6.

 

As has already been stated, Islam is easy to join but more difficult to practice.  A considerable part of that practice is known as the Five Pillars of Islam.   Here is a short video of pilgrims to Mecca on the haj walking around the original place of worship of Islam, the Kaaba.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzAJIXwc49A Notice the ritual.  Rituals are always important to any religion.  Describe the Five Pillars of Islam and relate why you think each one is important to the complete practice of Islam.

 

7.

 

 Any person who has been paying attention to the Middle East over the past few decades knows that there is a difference between a Sunni Muslim and one who is described as a Shiite.  Avoid the historical distinction and identify why you think that in contemporary society there are still areas of conflict between the two groups.  Why is this?  Remember, contemporary society.  Don’t dwell on the distant past.

 

8.

 

Although the Islamic canon is represented by the Quran, an important oral tradition comes from the pronouncements of Mohammed know as the Hadith.  However unlike the Quran, there is considerable variation.  Why is this the case?  What are problems between groups over Hadith?

 

9.

 

  Review the website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/ (Lenker til en ekstern side.). Pick one ritual listed under “practices.  Describe that ritual.  Remember, a ritual has meaning and purpose, and that meaning may be something other than the common explanation.  Explain why you think it is important for Muslims to practice this ritual.

 

 

 

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