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TRAD 101 The Religion of Islam S. Lucas Spring 2008 PAPER TOPIC #1 Write a 3-4 page paper (double-spaced) on the following topic: Imagine that you live in the middle of a desert and that the only portion of the Qur’an to reach your isolated village is Sura 23, “The Believers.” Excited by this discovery, you read this short text several times and decide to write an analysis of its major ideas and teachings. Your task is to identify and discuss at least four religious beliefs and/or recommended practices found in “The Believers” in a coherent essay. Guidelines : 1) You do not need to use any additional readings to Sura 23 (available on E-Reserve). 2) Be sure to support your observations with Qur’anic verses. Cite verses in the following format: (sura #: verse #), so that verse 11 of sura 23 would be cited as (23:11). 3) Make sure that your paper has an introductory paragraph and a concluding paragraph. 4) Papers must be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font with standard margins.
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Unformatted text preview: The first paragraph of the paper should begin near the top of the first page. Neither a title page nor a “sources cited” page is necessary. Hints : 1) Read “The Believers” multiple times prior to writing the paper. 2) Write an outline of your paper prior to writing the complete version. (You do not need to turn in your outline.) 3) In the Qur’an, the singular God is referred to by the pronouns “He,” “I,” and “We.” The translator consistently capitalizes the pronouns referring to God. 4) While you may discuss Sura 23 with your friends, you must write your own paper. No two papers should look as though they were written by the same person. 5) If you find writing papers challenging, ask your TA if you can show her/him a draft. 6) Avoid common mistakes: it’s = it is; its = possessive. An effect; to affect. 7) Avoid slang and excessive use of semicolons and contractions. PAPER #1 IS DUE IN YOUR DISCUSSION SECTION FEBRUARY 14 OR 15...
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