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Islam Journal

by: Madelon Morford

Islam Journal REL 314Q

Madelon Morford
Emory University
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Date Created: 02/20/16
Inquiry Essay Option 2: Completion Feb. 14 Prompt : In Ibn Ishaq’s biography of Prophet Muhammad we find a description of Muhammad’s  call to prophethood in his encounter with the angel of God. Ibn Ishaq’s biography also contains  the description of another experience ascribed to Muhammad later in his life, generally referred  to as the Prophet’s Night Journey or al-’Isrā’ wal-Mi‘r. Under reference to the materials we  have used in class this far, write an analytical essay that compares the two accounts of  Muhammad’s life and the experiences portrayed. Remember that you, the scholar of religion, are writing an “argument­driven” paper. Thus,  your work must go beyond a mere comparison of similarities and differences. What larger point  that merits argument can you demonstrate through your comparison? In other words, your  analysis of similarities and differences between the two accounts should support some larger  insight, which should be your paper’s thesis. Note: Please consult the guidelines for the inquiry essays in the Assignments folder here on Bb and use the link provided there to submit your finished work within the completion window .Also, please note that thetexts of both accounts from Ibn Ishaq’s biography of the  Prophet (i.e., the call to prophethood and the Night Journey) are available here on Blackboard in  the Course Documents folder.  Readings for Monday, February 15 Posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 5:44:00 PM EST Reading (Bb) : Selections from Helmut Gatje, The Qur'an and Its  Exegesis (1976). Additional Reading: "What ISIS Really Wants"  (The  Atlantic, March 2015). Study question : How can one decide on the meaning of a particular text  from the Qur'an? Can one privilege any of the following: original  audience, some later Sunni interpreter (e.g., Zamakhshari), a medieval  mystic (e.g., Kashani), an Egyptian modernist (e.g., Abduh), a militant  group (e.g., ISIS), an anti­Muslim commentator (e.g., Robert Spencer)? Course Link/Course Documents/Helmut Gätje, The Qur'an and Its Posted by: Florian Pohl Posted to: REL_OX-314Q: Islam - Spring 2016  Prompt for Inquiry Essay Option 3: Completion Window between Feb. 10 and Feb. 21 Posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 5:24:00 PM EST Prompt : Michael Sells argues that the meaning of Suras  in theQur’an ,  particularly inJuzAmma  (i.e., the earSuras ), must be established under  reference to the sounds of the recitedQur’an .  Analyze and evaluate Sells  interpretive approach with the example of  Sura 101: Take  Sura  101 The  Calamity ( alqari’a) from Michael Sells' translation of the Qur'an and compare it with one or more translations; you may use theonline  reference at texts/home . Referring to the different translations, explain the possible  interpretations of this passage, indicating how the different translations  approach this issue. You may also discuss the ways in which different  reciters emphasize the text, with reference to Sells' comments on sound  and aesthetic patterns. In using these materials, remember that your main  task is to provide a scholarly analysis and evaluation of Sells’ approach to  interpretation. Note: completion window (Feb 10-Feb. 21) 


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