Project #92500 - Religions of the World Wk5

Discussion Question Post:

Abrahamic Religions 2: Islam

 

For this week, the class will continue our discussion of the Abrahamic Religions with Islam. For your post, I want you to choose ONE of the following topics for your primary post:

 

1) What is the Qur'an? I'm looking for a historical description here - contents, author, etc.  What key assumptions are made about the Qur'an? What makes the book different from all other books? What qualifies it as Scripture for Muslims? Remember to focus on a description of the sacred quality of the book and not an evaluation of its contents.

 

2) How is Jesus discussed in the Qur'an? What is his role in the Islamic faith?  What about his mother, Mary? What is her role in the Islamic faith? How do Islamic views of Jesus and Mary differ from Christian views of the same?

 

3) In the lecture, it was suggested that practice is more important than belief in Islam. There are five categories of religious practice  Shahadda,  Salat, Zakat, Sawm and Hajj. What does each one refer to? What requirements do they feature? Why are they performed? How do they shape the religious experience of the individual Muslim?

 

Initial responses due Wednesday by midnight, with follow-up posts due by Sunday at midnight. Watch your grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Cite any sources in APA style. Posts should be 150-200 words. Also remember to be respectful in your posts, as religion is a topic of great importance and sensitivity.

 

P.S.: For a charming and humorous overview of the essentials of Islam, you might enjoy watching this 12-minute clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpcbfxtdoI8

 

 

Assignment:

 

 

Select one of the challenges of Islam in the modern world described in our textbook; research on the Internet how this challenge is being met in major Muslim societies today; and write an essay on your findings.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 12/08/2015 05:00 pm
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