The Ethics of Islam
Ethics is a word that describes how a person or group of people practice their beliefs of what is right and wrong. In order to answer the following questions in a one-page essay, focus on readings from the sources given. Our goal will be to be able to talk meaningfully about how Muslim live everyday life and approach difficult moral situations.
A single one page essay is due next week addressing both ethics and worship. Please make sure to turn in a rough draft on Friday. Come to Mr. T, Mr. Cody, or Mrs. Hozie with any questions you may have about your writing or understanding of these questions by Friday.
**Answer ALL the questions.
**Also please make sure to put your name on everything you turn in. This includes both your essays and your posters.
1a. What do the Quran and the teachings of Islam seem to say about the way one should live their life?
1b. What virtues or ideas does Islam emphasize in everyday living?
2. From what you’ve read, how different or similar do the teachings of Islam seem when compared with Judaism and Christianity?
3. What are the different groups or kinds of Muslims (Hint: There are two major groups)? Do they seem to practice their beliefs the same way?
This week we will also be learning about how Muslims worship. Our aim is to describe the attitude, space, and practice of worship in Islam.
4. Where do Muslims gather to worship? What are their gatherings like and how often do they meet
5. Are there any calendared events, such as feasts, holidays, fasts, etc., that Muslims observe?
6. Are there any personal acts of worship that Muslims practice everyday?
A one page essay addressing the following questions is due this upcoming Monday, October 21. You may use the sources below to answer this week’s questions. In addition to these sources, you may use any information you gather from conversations with friends or family about their own beliefs.
ALWAYS cite your sources—when in doubt as to whether or not to cite something, always cite it.
If you have questions about citations, please ask one of your teachers or Mr. Cody; they will be happy to help you. Remember that conversations you have with others are also considered sources, so make sure to give them credit for their contributions!
• Make sure to use the links on this page.
• This is an encyclopedia article that should be fairly unbiased. As with the below and above sources, feel free to explore the links.
• This is a particularly informative source. Feel free to use the links provided on this page for more information.
The History of Islam
This week we will be learning about the history of Islam. Your research this week should be aimed at understanding the diverse history of Islam while taking into account the basic beliefs you’re also learning about. Make sure to use the sources provided. Our goal will be to have a working knowledge of the history of Islam.
The Basics of Islam
This week we will also be learning about the basic beliefs of Islam. Your research this week should be aimed at understanding, rather than critiquing or validating the religion at hand. Our goal will be to have a working knowledge of the basic beliefs of Islam and to hopefully learn something new.
4. Does Islam have a primary text (i.e. a holy book)? How was it created?
5. What does Islam say about who God is and who humankind is?
6a. What beliefs make this religion different/intriguing from others?
6b. What does Islam have in common with Judaism and Christianity?
This Tuesday, (Oct 15) you will need to turn in a poster (on poster board) that demonstrates your findings for the religion we have most recently studied, Judaism.
Visually, the poster should clearly demonstrate:
1. Where in the world the religion has spread. (Download and print map below and color in the areas where Judaism is concentrated.)
2. Depict some of the religion’s cultural heritage (for instance, you may include symbols, dress, food, or places of worship).
3. Other information included on your poster board can be any of the findings in your written responses.
Ultimately, your poster board should demonstrate your understanding of the religion that we have studied together.
Have fun with it and be creative!