RS309 Religious studies final exam s06

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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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