Research Papers on Islam & Islamic Politics

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  • Religions of the World

    This 200 page paper is a dissertation on the world religions, and promotes a comparative view on the major religions. Bibliography lists 100 sources.

  • Political Agendas of the Islamic Salvation Front

    3 pages in length. Arguing how the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) is a political organization supported by Algeria's voting constituency, Remli contends that FIS cannot be classified as a terrorist group. FIS received votes from the vast majority (84%) of Algerians during both the 1990 and 1991, clearly illustrating how its acceptance by the people precludes the likelihood that FIS is a terrorist organization. Instead, Remli argues, the political nature of FIS is meant to "solve the crisis" that currently exists; with the likes of doctors and engineers comprising FIS, he contends that people from all walks of life have banded together as a means by which to fix this political problem. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • U.S. Muslim Families

    4 pages in length. Muslim families began arriving in earnest in the mid 1960s with the intent to seek refuge from such atrocities as ethnic and religious persecution, Islamism, Anti-Islamism, civil and international wars and lack of education. Men and women alike hold jobs as doctors, lawyers and bankers, as well as local grocery store clerks and librarians. Indeed, the vast array of employment opportunities has not escaped Muslims in America. Attire of Muslim women is one of the most prominent of all customs, inasmuch as one is easily identified by the headscarf and fully covered body in flowing fabrics. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Sufi Poet and Mystic Jelaluddin Rumi

    A 5 page research paper that analyzes three works by the thirteenth century Sufi mystic poet, Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273). The writer discusses themes come to his poems "Life & Death" and "Remember Me," which they share with Rumi's "Discourse 70." Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Bible And The Koran

    A 15 page paper. Following an introduction that discusses the importance of sacred texts to religions, each of the named sacred texts are discussed. The origin, functions and uses of the Bible and the Koran are explained along with any evidence that validates or invalidates the reliability of the texts. The writer discusses the importance of prophecy in the Bible and the laws in each the Bible and the Koran. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Islamic World, the West, and the Relevance of Medieval History

    7 pages in length. It is a harsh reality that has reinvented itself over and over again during some of the most difficult times of global conflict. While at times it serves to unite people under the umbrella of solidarity, it also fuels aggression and hatred toward those who do not uphold the same tenets. This demon of such tremendous proportion seeks to unify but ultimately divides, which reflects the way in which religious fundamentalism of medieval times has perpetuated throughout the centuries to once again raise its ugly head where contemporary relations between the West and the Islam world are concerned. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Islam, A History

    A 4 page overview of the origin of Islam among the Arab peoples. This paper comments of the linguistic connection of these peoples and of the early role of Mohammed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The History of Turkish Higher Education

    A 6 page overview of the many changes that have occurred in Turkish tertiary education. This paper traces these changes from the mid twentieth century to the present and explains the various factors that have contributed to the move from centralization to decentralization and back again. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Examining Two Aspects of Islamic History

    A 3 page research paper that briefly looks at 2 aspects of Muslim history. The first section addresses the differences between the Islamic and Christian concept of God, and the second addresses how Muslim expansion changed after its first six centuries. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Nation of Islam Documentary

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the issue presented and relates it to the current literature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Jesus in the Qua-ran and in the Bible

    This 14 page paper highlights the similarities and differences between the depiction of Jesus in the Bible and in the Quran. This paper examines how the Quranic depiction of Jesus helps serve as a bridge to intepreting the Biblical Jesus. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • The Bible And The Koran - Christianity And Islam

    A 15 page paper that begins by explaining what sacred texts are, what scripture is and the importance of these. The paper discusses the Bible and Christianity and the Koran and Islam, reporting the origins of the books, their function, their importance, with comments about translations and interpretations. The writer also explains the four approaches to the Bible that have occurred through history. The writer also comments on the controversies regarding the interpretation of the Koran. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • Jesus And Moses In The Bible And The Koran

    A 6 page paper that begins with some general differences between the Bible and the Koran. The Koran teaches that Jesus and Moses were prophets, like Mohammed and Jesus is not God. The writer discusses these precepts in more detail including verses from Scripture and from the Koran. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Koran, Bible on Women

    A 4 page essay that contrasts and compares texts from the Koran and the Old Testament that pertain to women and society. No additional sources cited.

  • Mary in the Bible and the Qur’an

    An 8 page paper which compares and contrasts the figure of Mary in the Bible and the Qur’an. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Comparing the Story of Joseph/Bible, Qur'an

    A 5 page essay that compares and contrasts the versions of Joseph's story that appear in the Bible and the Qur'an. No additional sources are cited.

  • Good Life Defined by Religion and Philosophy

    This 5 page paper examines the good life through secular and religious teachings. Various texts are used including Gilgamesh, the Holy Bible, the Koran, Martin Luther's Concerning Christian Liberty and St. Augustine's confession. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam Sacred Texts

    A 5 page contention that although texts which are considered sacred are found among the world’s more established religions, they are sometimes regarded differently according to the religion and the time period. For Christians, of course, the sacred text is the Holy Bible. For Islam, it is the Quran and for Hinduism it is the Bhagavad Gita. Each of these religious groups view these texts with great reverence but there is some variation in the way that they are regarded. This variation is a reflection of the differences in the religion’s ideology itself as well as the different evolutionary stages of each religion. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Islamic View of Holy War

    A 7 page research paper that describes Islamic theology on this topic, citing the Koran, but also explores how fatwas play a role in Islamic belief and the subsequent justification of terrorism. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Comparing Islam and Judaism

    A five page paper which looks at the similarities and differences between these two belief systems, in terms of ethics, theology and metaphysics. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Straight Path by John Esposito

    A 5 page book review of John Esposito's The Straight Path, which the writer describes as an easily readable, comprehensive historical introduction to the study of Islam that provides the student with a thorough grounding in Muslim theology, politics and law. By discussing Islamic history within a cultural context, Esposito provides insight into why the Muslim world developed as it did. By offering a means to understand Islamic history, Esposito also aids his readers in understanding the Islamic world of the present. No additional sources cited.

  • Islamic Banking

    This 12 page paper gives an in-depth overview of Islamic banking. The paper looks at the history and development of Islamic banking in recent times, the major characteristics of Islamic banking, gives a description of the different financial products and financial instruments which are utilised, considers the banking regulations, the strategic and competitive issues faced by Islamic banks and finishes with recommendations for an existing or new international Islamic bank. The bibliography cites 12 sources.

  • Examination of Islam

    A 3 page examination of Islam. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Studying the Terroist Groups the Red Army Fraction/Baader Meinhof Group, the Dashmesh Regiment, the Islamic Jamiat-i-Talaba, the North Korean Communist Group, and the Action Directe

    This is a 30 page paper studying five terrorist groups: their history, ideology, acts of terrorism and current status. The study of five terrorist groups, the Action Directe (AD), the North Korean Communist Group, the Islamic Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT), the Dashmesh Regiment, and the Red Army Fraction (RAF) shows the extent extremists will go to further their causes in both the domestic and international arena. The Action Directe (AD) in France and the Red Army Fraction (RAF) in Germany were mostly active in the 1970s and 1980s when many of their leading members were imprisoned. Although not directly linked with any recent terrorist actions, the members of the AD and RAF are still actively associated with radical or political groups today. The North Korean Communist Group is considered one of the most viable terrorist threats of today as they are large, well-funded, still torture political prisoners and are believed to still manufacture nuclear, chemical and biological weaponry contrary to international agreements. The Islamic Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT) as the student based affiliated of the political party Jamiat-i-Islami (JI) in Pakistan wish for the education of Islamic youth and for the formation of an Islamic state free of all Western deviant and capitalist influences and continue violent protests to promote this ideal. The recent war on terrorism against the Taliban in Afghanistan has led the IJT to believe that the increase in martyrs for their cause will only increase their recruitment for their group. Finally, the Dashmesh Regiment or 10th Regiment in Pakistan and India wish for a separate Sikh state called Khalistan which is currently on land in India. They have formed alliances with other national and international terrorist groups with the intent of getting their cause well known and have been responsible for several international acts of terrorism. Although their group was diminished when the Indian forces captured many of their leaders, international Sikh supported organizations have been formed in their place to continue their cause. Bibliography lists 18 sources.

  • Do Madrasa Teach Terrorism

    This 6 page paper considers the history of the madrasas in Muslim education. The relationship between madrasa and modern day terrorism is explored. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Overview of the World's Major Religions

    A 5 page paper. There are more than 4,000 different faith groups in the world, 20 of which are typically identified as 'the major world religions.' This paper discusses the largest five plus Judaism. The names and purposes of the primary religious texts for each religion is identified. The literary techniques for teaching lessons are also identified. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Origin of Islam in Spain, North Africa, and the Middle East

    4 pages in length. The writer discusses that to believe God is almighty and the primary source of enlightenment is to understand the very cornerstone of Islamic principle. Also briefly discusses is the impact Islam had upon Spain, North Africa and the Middle East. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Christianity Versus Islam : Prayer And Study

    A 5 page paper that discusses prayer in Christianity and prayer in Islam. The paper explains the five prayer timings in Islam and how members of each religion practice prayer. The paper also discusses study in each religion. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • The Golden Age: The Political Concepts of Islam by Ira Lapidus and The Community in Islamic History by Hamilton A.R Gibb

    This 4 page paper looks at The Golden Age: The Political Concepts of Islam by Ira Lapidus and The Community in Islamic History by Hamilton A.R Gibb, comparing and contrasting the views of Islam and the relationship between religion, politics, and government in the classical or Pre-Modern Muslim world. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

  • Islam vs. Christianity, a Comparison

    A 5 page research paper that compares and contrasts Christianity and Islam. The writer discusses the history of both faiths, finding numerous similarities and then discusses differences in outlook, focusing on the different interpretations that each faith give the Genesis story. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Rise of Islam

    In ten pages this paper examines the origins and rise of the Islam religion. Six sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Islamic Militarism Since 600 A.D.

    A 5 page research paper that discusses the history of Islamic militarism. One hears a great deal, in this age of Islamic terrorism, about how the Muslim instigators of indiscriminant violence are not true "Muslims." However, an overview of Islamic militarism shows that, as with Christianity, violence and aggression are integral to Islamic history and that this history very much pertains to the current situation. The writer first discusses Islamic militarism, beginning in 600 A.D. and continuing to the Crusades and then relates this militaristic tradition to Islamic belief and current terrorism. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Pan Islamic Terrorism and Conflict Between Palestine and Israel

    A 4 page discussion of the association that exists between Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Pan-Islamic terrorism in the Middle East and beyond. The author reviews the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and notes the role of Western foreign policy. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Basic Tenants of Christianity and Islam

    This 3 page paper compares and contrasts these basic tenants. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Islamic Beliefs and the Five Pillars of Wisdom

    This 3 page paper discusses the basic beliefs of Islam and the Five Pillars of Wisdom, and argues that the First Pillar, belief in God and the prophets, is the most challenging to accomplish. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • A Comparison of Five Religions

    A 7 page paper that responds to several questions: What is religion; how religion shapes identity; the influence of religion on culture; and a brief comparison of the first four religions with the Baptist religion. Incorporated into the paper is the definition of religion, some of the basic beliefs of each religion and if each is a religion according to the definition. Some of the symbols of each are reported. the writer also discusses how religion shapes identity. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Questions of Religion

    This 5 page paper discusses two separate questions. First, is it possible for religions to peacefully coexist? Second, is religious pluralism more feasible with religions like Buddhism or theistic faiths? Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Christian-Muslim Relations in the Philippines

    This 6 page paper discusses Christian-Muslim relations in the Philippines. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Post 911 and U.S. Islamic Communities

    This is a 6 page paper discussing the change in Islamic communities in the West since the 9/11 terrorists’ attacks. Since the September 11, 2001 terrorists’ attacks on the United States, the Islamic communities in the United States, as well as the rest of the world, have received a great deal of exposure and misunderstanding that they are trying to remedy. Muslims within America are trying to form alliances within their own communities and with other religious communities in their areas to broaden the understanding of their faith, which is based on peace, and make non-Muslims understand that the extremists which exist under Islamic fundamentalism are a very small percentage of their population and do as much damage to their own people and cause as to others. In addition, some communities which were particularly hard hit after the attacks, especially the Muslim community in San Diego, have been promoting relationships with other religions which has in a sense caused a rift to form between Muslim Americans and Muslims in the Middle East. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Koran Sections 'Women' and 'Cow' and Contemporary City Governments

    This 4-page paper focuses on quotes from the Koran (specifically from the sections "Cow" and "Women") and applies them to how city governments walk a thin line between passing laws to govern and giving in to mankind's need and instinct for pleasure.

  • Muhammad and Islam

    A well-organized 7 page report on Islamic belief and the life & importance of Muhammad. The Prophet's role as God's messenger is discussed as are various issues concerning the meaning and purpose of Mecca, the Koran (Qu'ran) and more.. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Islamic Modernism and its Development

    9 pages in length. An insightful essay on Islamic Modernism as it began in the 19th century preceded by movements to improve the political and economic situations of the Muslim world. The belief and works of Sayyid Jamal al-Din-Al-Afghani, Shaykh Muhammad 'Abduh, and Sayyid Ahmad Khan are discussed in great detail as are the various sociopolitical conditions and factors that facilitated their philosophies and movements. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Islam and Interfaith Marriage

    This is a 5 page paper discussing interfaith marriage in the Islamic religion. Interfaith marriage is not recommended in Muslims as Muslims are encouraged to find spouses with a similar religious outlook for the sake of future compatibility and for the raising of children. However the guidelines for marriage in the Qur’an do allow for some instances of intermarriage between Muslim men and non-Muslim women but not between Muslim women and non-Muslim men. For those couples who have interfaith marriages in the Islamic religion, mostly in the Western countries where there are fewer Islamic communities, they have reported success only when they allow themselves equal respect for each other’s religion, educate themselves about the practices of each other’s religion, maintain open communication regarding the practicing of religion, the raising of children and the recognition of holidays. Despite the liberal views of many interfaith couples, difficulties still arise in the raising and faith of the children. Muslim men who have children who have not be raised Muslim may have difficulty bringing them into Islamic states and retaining custody after a divorce. In the world today however and despite the strict guidelines of the Qur’an, interfaith marriages are occurring with the couples themselves largely deciding how to handle their choices for success in their marriage. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Function of Printed Media

    This 5 page paper answers four questions asked by the student, including, what is meant by printed material being an “amplification and reinforcement” of existing messages, how printed media influenced the concept of knowledge ilm in the Muslim world, the influences and role of the overlaps between printed media and the historical and cultural significance of printed material. The bibliography cites 2 sources.

  • Prophet Muhammad's Revelation

    A 5 page research paper that discusses the revelation of the Prophet Muhammad. Bibliography lists 4 sources. These revelations were brought to him from Allah by the archangel Gabriel and because of this experience Muhammad rejected the polytheistic religion of his fellow Arabs

  • Western Perspectives on the Prophet Muhammad

    This 5 page paper discusses the prophet Muhammad and how he has been viewed by the Western World since the Middle Ages. The crusades are discussed as is the present day situation. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Christian Views on the Islamic Prophet Muhammad

    A 6 page discussion of the growing world pressure for Christians to acknowledge and even to accept the Prophet Muhammad and Islam. This paper notes the misperceptions and ignorance surround Islam which characterizes Christian understanding of the religion and to clarify those misunderstandings. At the same time, however, the author stands firm in the argument that Christians simply cannot accept Islam for to do so would be to renounce Christianity. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Bible And The Koran

    A 15 page paper. Following an introduction that discusses the importance of sacred texts to religions, each of the named sacred texts are discussed. The origin, functions and uses of the Bible and the Koran are explained along with any evidence that validates or invalidates the reliability of the texts. The writer discusses the importance of prophecy in the Bible and the laws in each the Bible and the Koran. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • The Bible And The Koran - Christianity And Islam

    A 15 page paper that begins by explaining what sacred texts are, what scripture is and the importance of these. The paper discusses the Bible and Christianity and the Koran and Islam, reporting the origins of the books, their function, their importance, with comments about translations and interpretations. The writer also explains the four approaches to the Bible that have occurred through history. The writer also comments on the controversies regarding the interpretation of the Koran. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • Khwaja Kamal Ud Din's Islam to East and West

    A 5 page analysis of the book Islam to East and West by Khwaja Kamal-Ud-Din, who makes a persuasive argument on the superiority of the Islamic faith as well as its growth. Bibliography lists 1 source. Ud-din.wps

  • Islamic Culture and Women in So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba

    In Mariama Ba's work So Long a Letter, Ba creates two central and strong female characters who contradict the standard role of women in African communities dominated by Islamic doctrines, like that of Senegal. This 3 page paper provides a concise overview of the elements in Ba's novel that support this supposition. No additional sources cited.

  • Kashmir and Discord Between Pakistan and India

    7 pages in length. As the discord between and among India, Pakistan and Kashmir continues, it can readily be argued that Kashmiri officials have grown tiresome of the perpetual battle. Much of the ongoing concern is focused squarely upon the nuclear bomb tests that have taken place between the ever-feuding India and Pakistan; indeed, the world held its breath when India conducted several nuclear bomb tests last year. Not to be outdone, Pakistan retaliated by detonating its own nuclear bomb test just a few days later. As a result of this blatant show of force between two nations that have a long history of discord, national leaders all across the globe imposed sanctions to clearly state their opposition to such terrorist acts. However, Kashmir has forever been powerless to assert its desires. The writer discusses the discord between and among India, Pakistan and Kashmir. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Iran, the Shah, and the Ayatollah

    An 8 page paper comparing the methods and views of Iran's last Shah and the Islamic cleric whose followers were instrumental in overthrowing the Shah in favor of establishing the Islamic Republic. The paper discusses political, economical and religious aspects of the nation under each leader, and concludes that in many ways, there were far more similarities between the leaders than there were differences. The differences that did exist were all-telling, however. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • American and Muslim Faith

    15 pages in length. The writer discusses Muslim faith and practice, Muslims in America, Muslim fundamentalism in America, Muslim education and Muslims view on American education. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Tiger or Trigger Abu Nidal

    (16pp)The murderous violence practiced by Abu-Nidal’s organization. Fath - The Revolutionary Council - is guided by a specific ideology and world view. Consequently, according to the organization itself, its operational activity need not obscure the fact that its actions are intended to serve an idea, and indeed that its origins and subsequent development lie in an ideological dispute between Abu-Nidal and the Fath establishment. It is all easy and good to say that these terrorist acts are done in the support of an ideal. Yet we need to ask ourselves, whose ideal and to what end. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

 

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