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DIRECTIONS-Please discuss the following question. Try and keep your original response essay to the question to between 250 and 300 words. Please use historical examples from your readings (lecture lessons and common reader) in this original essay. You are required to cite your textbook or outside sources using parenthetical citation (author, page number) or using Turabian style footnotes. Please put your source(s) at the end of your essay (if using footnotes) and always include a bibliography. Finally, please try to support your essay using examples or sources different from your fellow classmates. Please restate the question verbatim you are answering before your response. Please restate my follow-up question verbatim as well.
Each Forum is graded on a 100 point scale: Main Essay (50 points, Friday 11:55 PM Eastern deadline). One source required with Work Cited/Bibliography.
Student Response to Professor’s Follow-up Question (20 points, Sunday 11:55 PM Eastern deadline). One source required with Work Cited/Bibliography.
Two Student Responses (30 points, Sunday 11:55 PM Eastern deadline).
Later in the Assignment Window (Saturday and Sunday), please take the time and respond to at least two of your classmates’ essays. Make sure your responses are both thoughtful and substantive. Opinions are welcome in your responses, but opinions should be accompanied with support. A gentle reminder that encyclopedias are never allowed as sources in this or any history course in this University. Use of forbidden tertiary sources will result in a one letter grade deduction per use. Do not ask questions in these student responses in your weekly general forum. Please save your questions for your travel log responses to your fellow students. Please keep in mind that you are required to answer my follow-up question (in 150 to 200 words) before the Sunday deadline and that this exchange with me does not count as one of your required follow-up postings to your fellow students. Make sure you address your fellow students by name at the beginning of your post.
GENERAL FORUM QUESTIONS:
Choose one of the following questions and respond by Friday at 11:55 PM EST. Respond to at least two other students by Sunday at 11:55 PM EST. Because of the size of this class, pick a new question to respond to if the question has been responded to by five of your fellow students by the time of your submission. Please put the number of the question you are answering in your Subject Line of your main essay response (example “Question #1”). This will allow you to easily see how many times this question has been answered.
1) How is Islam related to the other Abrahamic faiths such as Judaism and Christianity? How were Christianity and Judaism treated by Muslims in early Islamic society? Why do you think they fostered toleration while giving Muslims a greater sense of community? 2) How did Islam spread out of Mecca and Medina? How did the formation of the Caliphate create a strong Islamic state? Why do you think the split between Shi’ite and Sunni has endured to this day? 3) How was Muslim society organized? What limitations were placed on slavery? How were women treated in traditional Islamic society? Why do you think that role of women changed later in Islamic society? 4) Why was education valued in Islamic society? How did this emphasis on learning contribute to the advances in science and technology? How do you think these advances influenced intellectual development in Europe? 5) Why is Egypt considered to be a separate society from the rest of Africa? Why were the Bantu-speaking people able to become dominant in the Sudan? Why do you think they remained nomadic for so long instead of creating a more urban society? 6) Why was the trade across the Sahara so important to the development of Africa from the north through the Sudan? How did the Berbers gain dominance over the trade routes? How did this trade lead to the urbanization of the region? Why do you think Islam became the dominant religion transmitted along these routes? 7) How did Aksum differ from the kingdoms along the Trans-Saharan trade routes? What influence did Judaism and Christianity have on the development of this kingdom? Why do you think Islam never took root here when it became so popular in other parts of Africa? 8) Why did the East coast of Africa become the center of trade for so many outside groups? How did the integration of Arabian and African cultures lead to the development of the Swahili culture? Why do you think Arabic customs grew to dominance in this region?