Unformatted text preview: Orig (Vt/vi ' 37A, 1350? JrC: RS 309 Final Exam
The ﬁnal exam consists of three essays: one cumulative essay, and two essays on Islam.
You must choose Option I or Option II. You have the option to take the ﬁnal in-class or take-home—-the due date for both is Friday,
March 18, during the scheduled in-class ﬁnal time. Option 1: Write an essay in response to all three of the following prompts.
Cumulative Question: 50% 1. The religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share much in common. As we
have seen, in some cases these traditions share—or at least value—the same mythological ﬁgures
and sto ies scriptures, prophets, sacred sites, doctrines, ethics, ritual practices, and conceptions
of Gmm same time, these traditions diverge from each other in very signiﬁcant ways. What are the central similarities in these three religious traditions, and what are their central
differences? Considering that these three religious traditions share so much in common, why
have their differences led to such bitter conﬂicts? Questions on Islam: 50% 2. According to a well-respected scholar of Islam, "the Qur'an is the central reality of Islamic
existence without which the tradition would not have come into being." Write an essay that
explores the meaning and signiﬁcance of the Qur'an in Islam, and the central role the Qur'an
plays in day-to-day Islamic life. Essays must make speciﬁc reference to at least two primary
sources from the Primary Source Reader. 3. Describe in detail the ﬁve pillars of Islam. How do each of these pillars strengthen the bonds
of the Islamic community (Umma), and how do they strengthen the spiritual connection of the
Muslim with God? Essays must incorporate speciﬁc information from the ﬁlm (Inside Mecca)
and Dr. Faysal Kolkailah's guest lecture. Essays must make speciﬁc reference to at least two
primary sources from the Primary Source Reader. Option II: Write an essay in response to all three of the following prompts.
Cumulative Question: 50% 1. As we have seen this quarter, and as one scholar observes, "the Qur'an is to Islam what the
Torah is to Judaism or what Jesus is to Christianity" (Primary Source Reader, 125). Write an
essay that explores the meaning and signiﬁcance of the Torah in Judaism, Jesus in Christianity, and the Qur'an in Islam, and the way that the Torah, Jesus, and the Qur'an serve similar roles in
their respective traditions. ...
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