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The main task is to write a report on the first chapter of Shahab Ahmed’s book: What is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic. This is “Chapter One: Six Questions about Islam,” pages 1-110. In this chapter, Ahmed covers six situations that complicate the notion of “Islam,” “being Islamic,” and “being Muslim.” From these six situations, choose only one to reflect on and/or further investigate if you chose to do external research. -Write a reflective report on Ahmed’s first chapter as outlined below and without relying on any external material or doing more research. If you choose this option, your only source will be Ahmed’s book.
– Upload your paper in WORD format ONLY.
– Your paper must be between 1500 and 2000 words
– Double spaced, Times New Roman and 12-point font
– Include a cover page with this information: paper’s title, submission date, your name, student number, course title and code, instructor’s names, and the word count
– Use footnotes, not end notes and NOT in-text citations
– Number your pages except the first page – Use Chicago Notes and Bibliography (NOT Chicago Author Date) for footnotes and bibliography. Access it at: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html
Your assignment must show two things:
(1) that you give a concise summary of the first chapter of Ahmed’s book and each of the six questions he covers, and
(2) that you reflect more closely on one of the questions Part of your paper must show that you read and engaged genuinely with Ahmed’s chapter. While you need to give a summary, avoid one that aspires to cover every idea and thought. Instead:
– give a clear idea of the main concern and heart of Ahmed’s discussion,
– press more on the theme of your interest Reading with the aim to establish your area of focus from the beginning can certainly help you produce a summary that is useful, since it will be shaped by the question of your interest Paper Structure: Your paper must consist of a proper introduction, several body paragraphs and a conclusion. (No body paragraph limit but should be organized)
Introduction: Write a proper introduction which includes a clear thesis statement.
Your introduction must:
– Identify the subject of the book and the author’s position and main argument (if he has one).
– Identify the author’s name, book title, and any other necessary information.
– Include a thesis statement that shows the question of your focus and your position (if you agree, disagree or being indifferent)
Body Paragraphs: There is no limit on the number of body paragraphs you can write. A good practice is to designate one paragraph for each key argument, idea, or theme. For example:
– Paragraph 2: summary of the general discussion in the chapter (all six questions).
– Paragraph 3: summary of the specific question you engage with (one of the six questions)
– Paragraph 4: brings both together and introduces your position/reflection on the matter
– Paragraph 5: draws on the external source (if you do so) and summarizes it (the source that further discusses one of the six questions).
– Paragraph 6: analyses the discussion using the external source
– Paragraph 7: gives a general evaluation of the book highlighting its strengths and weakness and indicates its significance for the study of Islam
Conclusion: End your paper with a paragraph that brings your discussion to a firm conclusion. You can do this by giving a condensed summary of your report or raise new questions that open the conversation for further deliberation. Whichever style you follow, make sure that your conclusion communicates clearly that you have come to an end.