Choose one of the following topics for your presentation:

Choose one of the following topics for your presentation:

 

First Topic: Presentations on Islamic History: (Corresponding to chapters 3 & 4)

A. Provide details from Muslim historical sources on a specific event in the life of the

Prophet of Islam Muhammad.

B. Describe the main historical events after the death of Muhammad, especially

highlighting the historical background for having the Sunni and Shi‘i branches of

Islam.

C. Choose any significant event or person in Islamic history from the eighth century

until the eighteenth century and highlight the contemporary religious significance

of such an event or person.

D. Elaborate on the classical heritage of Islam in the fields of Art, architecture,

science or medicine provided that you find a good connection with the religious

life and achievements of Muslims at the time.

Second Topic: Presentations on Islamic Rituals: (Corresponding to chapter 5)

A. Choose one of the main Muslim rituals and describe its performance in detail.

B. Present on the similarities and the differences in performing certain rituals by

members of branches or schools within Islam.

Third Topic: Presentations on the Qur’an: (Corresponding to Chapter 6)

A. Give a presentation on a Qur’anic story of a Hebrew prophet in which you

compare it with the biblical account.

B. Present on one of the major themes of the Qur’an.

C. Elaborate on the ritual observances by which a Muslim treats the Qur’an.

Fourth Topic: Presentations on Prophetic Traditions: (Corresponding to Chapter 7)

A. Elaborate on the scholarly debate on the authenticity of the hadith

literature.

B. Describe in your presentation the role of Prophetic Traditions in Muslim

religious practices.

 

 

Fifth Topic: Presentations on Islamic Beliefs and Theology: (Corresponding to Chapter

8)

A. Present the religious ideas of a prominent Muslim theologian or

philosopher.

B. Elaborate on one of the main Islamic beliefs and its significance in the

life of contemporary Muslims.

Sixth Topic: Presentations on Islamic Ethics and Law: (Corresponding to Chapters 9 &

12)

A. Elaborate on the scholastic views on an issue related to Islamic

ethics or law.

B. Present on the similarities and differences in ethical and legal

reasoning among Muslim schools.

Seventh Topic: Presentations on Sufism: (Corresponding to Chapters 10 & 11)

A. Present on a Sufi leader or order focusing on the main beliefs and religious

practices.

Eighth Topic: Presentations on Islam in the Modern World: (Corresponding to

Chapters 13-16)

A. Describe in some detail the current religious life of a Muslim community in a

specific country or a geographical area within a country.

B. Describe the history and main ideas of a modern Islamist organization.

C. Present on modern Muslim Intellectuals and “Progressive” Reform

D. Give a presentation on an Islamist reformer or a reform

movement highlighting the main disagreements with conservative thinking.

Requirements:

(1) The 10-15 minute presentation (HONP 15-20) should provide information that is

not mentioned in detail in the textbooks.

(2) Students who are presenting on the same general topic should meet with the

instructor to make sure that there will be no overlap among presentation topics.

 

 

(3) Each student needs to submit a printed one-page outline on the day of the

presentation. It should include first a list of the books, articles or websites (2-3)

that are used as the presentation’s main sources and a short outline of the

presentation. Make sure to print your name on the outline sheet.

(4) The presentation should start with a short description of the chosen sources and

their significance in providing information about the subject. Then, students will

present their topics based on the printed outlines.

(5) If your sources are mainly websites, you need to make sure that they are academic

resources that provide objective information as much as possible.

(6) This assignment is to give an oral presentation, but you can read from a text slowly

and carefully if it is necessary to do so.

(7) Please note that the presentation is an academic assignment in which you provide

information on your topic. It is not an expression of your own position towards any

topic related to the study of Islam.

 

Choose one of the following topics for your presentation:

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