A paper about a particular issue in Islam writing homework help

1. Select a specific topic. For example, “The permissibility of homosexual marriage,” not “Sexuality in Islam.” Or “Vegetarianism in Islam,” not “Animals in Islam,” etc. Ensure that your topic is specific enough to answer in 4-5 pages while addressing the points below. If you have difficulty in choosing a topic, consult with the professor.

2. Identify at least 2 points of view on your topic from the available materials (see 3 and 4 below).

a. Present each view, and provide the supporting ethical arguments for each.

b. Compare the two positions and analyze their similarities and differences. Are they using the same sources, but with different interpretations? Are they using different sources? Why do they reach their differing conclusions?

3. Use as your sources our assigned readings for the course and the items on course reserve at Cook Library or available through eBrary as listed below under “Resources for a Short Paper on a Practical Issue.” Use at least 2 difference sources from this group. Give yourself enough time to read and take notes on the items on reserve, or make photocopies or take pictures of the chapters you need.

4. Find one scholarly journal article on your topic and use that as your third (or more) source. To find articles, go to the Cook Library website and click on “Need Help?” at the topic. Then click on “Find Articles for My Research Topic.” If you absolutely cannot find a relevant scholarly journal article, you may use a chapter from an academic book instead. Do not use websites as one of these three core sources. If you use them at all, only do so to demonstrate different believers’ or religious organizations’ views on the topic. Do not assume they are unbiased, scholarly sources.

Length: 4-5 double-spaced pages

Font/margins: 12 point font, 1 inch margins, and use page numbers


Citations: Provide a citation for every point you make that is not purely your own. Put the citation in parenthesis after the text or idea you are citing. Use the author’s name, date of publication, and the page number(s). If you are using several ideas from the same grouping of pages of an author, you can just provide one citation (including the range of pages you are considering) for all of them.

Resources for a Short Paper on a Practical Issue

*Unless listed as an electronic resource, these items are on physical reserve at Cook Library.

Muslim Medial Ethics: from theory to practice / eds. Thomas Eich and Jonathan E. Brockopp

Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2008

ISBN: 978-1570037535

R725.59 .M87 2008

Islam and ecology: a bestowed trust / eds. Richard C. Foltz, Frederick M. Denny and Azizan Baharuddin

Cambridge, Mass.: Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School : Distributed by Harvard University Press, c2003

BP190.5.N38 I86 2003

Islamic ethics of life: abortion, war, and euthanasia / ed. Jonathan E. Brockopp

Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 2003

ISBN: 1570034710

BP134.L54 I85 2003

Animals in Islamic Traditions and Muslim Cultures / Richard Foltz

Oxford : Oneworld Publications, 2005

ISBN: 9781851683987

BP134.N3 F65 2006

Homosexuality in Islam: critical reflection on gay, lesbian and transgender Muslims / Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle

Oxford : Oneworld Publications, 2010

BP188.14.H65 K84 2010

Religious Vegetarianism: from Hesiod to the Dalai Lama / eds. Kerry S. Walters and Lisa Portmess

Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001

BL65.V44 R45 2001

The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics / edited by William Schweiker

Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2005

ISBN: 0631216340

Ethical Theories in Islam/ Majid Fakhry

New York: Brill, 2005

BJ1188 .B57 2005

Cross, crescent, and sword : the justification and limitation of war in Western and Islamic tradition


James Turner Johnson; John Kelsay


New York : Greenwood Press, 1990.

JX4511 .C76 1990 JX4511 .C76 1990

Just war and jihad : historical and theoretical perspectives on war and peace in western and Islamic traditions


John Kelsay; James Turner Johnson


New York : Greenwood Press, 1991.

BT736.2 .J87 1991

Arguing the just war in Islam


John Kelsay


Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007.

BP190.5.W35 K434 2007

Animals in the Qur’an / Sarra Tlili

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012

BP134.N3 T55 2012

Islam and the Challenge of Human Rights / Abdulaziz Sachedina

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009

BP173.44 .S235 2009

Just wars, holy wars, and jihads : Christian, Jewish, and Muslim encounters and exchanges / edited by Sohail H. Hashmi.
BL65.W2 J87 2012

Islam and war : a study in comparative ethics / John Kelsay
BP190.5.W35 K44

The holy war idea in western and Islamic traditions / James Turner Johnson
BT736.2 .J64 1997

Is Jihād a just war? : war, peace, and human rights under Islamic and public international law / Hilmi M. Zawati.
KZ6396 .Z39 2001

Sexual ethics and Islam: feminist reflections on Qur’an, hadith, and jurisprudence / K. Ali.

http://site.ebrary.com.proxy-tu.researchport.umd.e… eBrary (electronic resource)

Islamic Biomedical Ethics: principles and applications / Abdulaziz Sachedina


eBrary (electronic resource)

The Rights of God: Islam, human rights, and comparative ethics / Irene Oh


eBrary (electronic resource)

Our Bodies Belong to God / Sherine Hamdy


eBrary (electronic resource)

Bioethics in a Muslim Society: a study in ethnography, culture, and religion/ Farhat Moazam


eBrary (electronic resource)

Muslim Ethics: emerging vistas / Amyn B. Sajoo


eBrary (electronic resource)

Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought / Michael Cook


eBrary (electronic resource)

Islamic Political Ethics: civil society, pluralism, and conflict / ed. Sohail H. Hashmi

Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, c2002

eBrary (electronic resource)

Living out Islam: voice of gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims / Scott Kugle

NYU Press, 2013

eBrary (electronic resource)

A Companion to Muslim Ethics / ed. Amyn B. Sajoo

New York: IB Tauris Publishers

eBrary (electronic resource)

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