Potential Essay Questions for the Islam Module
- How did the Sunni and Shi’a groups arise, and how do their differences today relate to their origins? How does this play out in everyday life and in the global community?
- What are the key religious practices and beliefs in Islam? How do beliefs relate to religious practice and expression?
- How do the teachings of Islam inform religious practice? How might the daily life of Muslims reflect their commitment to Islamic ideals? How do Islamic teachings about God compare with those of other monotheistic traditions?
THOUGHTS before you even begin:
Look at your notes from the lectures and media links and supplement them with what you’ve read in the textbook. Create an outline for each of the questions.
You are writing an essay with an introduction and a conclusion. Don’t just define words and link them together. Write a thoughtful essay. The length of each essay is a MINIMUM of 300 words and a maximum of 700 words.
As you prepare, think about each question and what it is asking. Think about
Similarities, differences and why the comparison or contrast is useful
Be analytical – describe something, present arguments for or against, advantages/disadvantages
Define the key terms you’re using so that it shows you understand them fully
Summarize clearly and concisely presenting the main ideas you’re discussing
- Explain why or how and justify your position
These are things that I will be considering as I am reading and grading your essays.