Islam in Today’s World
written assignment requires you explain the concept of Shariah and how it is
applied in contemporary Islam. Please respond to the following series of
questions in a 6-7 page paper (approximately 2000-2500 words). Follow the
As explained in the
Vision of Islam book (pp. 22-25), there are five basic categories of actions
(required, recommended, indifferent, reprehensible, forbidden) governing all
aspects of human life derived from the Qur’an and the Sunnah, as well as
judicial analogy and consensus based on the above.
Write an extended
essay in which you choose three examples that illustrate the way in which
Shariah is understood and applied in contemporary Islam. Note: you may use
examples discussed in class (such as the penalty for theft, marriage laws or
dress codes) but at least one of your examples must not be based upon the
Powerpoints and class discussions.
analysis/description of each example, be sure to clarify the primary sources of
Shariah and how they are viewed in relation to one another (i.e., the
connection between the teachings in the Qur’an, Sunnah, analogy and consensus)
and comment upon how secondary sources (consideration of general welfare and
customary practice) may be a factor in the application of the laws.
with some reflections upon the ways in which Muslims are guided by divine law
in every aspect of life. Include your own honest judgments on these issues.
discussion should make reference to assigned readings from the Murata and
Chittick Vision of Islam book, other assigned readings posted on the Angel site
and, most importantly, the Qur’an (especially chapters and sections that
pertain directly to the issues you choose to discuss). Provide documentation by
using the APA in-text citation method (see examples in the prompts below).
Quote the Qur’an by chapter and verse. If you use additional sources, provide
documentation and citation of your source: either a URL in the text itself
(e.g.,”islam101.net”) or another in-text citation and then include a reference
(“sources cited”) page.
submit your paper in the Drop Box provided for Critical Reflection Paper 2 on
ANGEL by the deadline announced. Late papers, for whatever reason, will be
penalized 3 points for every day they are late.
paper will be graded on a 20 point scale according to the following rubric:
points: assignment criteria and style
(length, following the prompts, spelling/grammar, etc.)
points: content (accurate presentation of information about the topic; coverage
of each of the topics; demonstration of knowledge gained from the assigned
points: critical engagement with and reflections upon the questions/issues