Islam and Democracy

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Islam and Democracy

March 15, 2017

*Must be online at all times
* must upload a draft copy of the final paper and a revised final copy as word documents before the deadline and the process
*must be willing to make changes if necessary
*Mandatory to read and analyze both articles and strictly follow all instructions from the attached  guideline doc
*Your essay must have 16 paragraphs (8 full pages double spaced).
*plagarism free and handed in on time if not before deadline
*Must follow rubric strictly
*No spelling, grammar or punctuation errors

Topic: Islam and Democracy
The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast two articles on the topic of Islam and democracy. Students must read these two papers together in a way that highlights the different conclusions that the reader might draw. Students are required to read the two articles carefully and formulate a critical position on the issue.
The Main Requirement:
The relationship between Islam and democracy in the contemporary world is complex. While Bernard Lewis sees the lack of freedom in Islam as the major obstacle to democratization, Esposito and Voll argue that Islamic tradition contains a number of key concepts that support democracy. Compare and contrast the arguments of these thinkers and critically analyze the most essential features of their debate.
1. Bernard Lewis. “What Went Wrong.” The Atlantic. 289.1 (Jan. 2002) p43-5.

2. Esposito, John and John Voll. 2001. “Islam and Democracy. Humanities, November/December 2001, Volume 22/Number 6

**You may only agree with one author, OR disagree with both, OR agree with some components in each argument. It is important for you to carve your position clearly, succinctly and rationally; this means you need to provide reasons for your position vis-à-vis the two articles.

**Remember that while you are not required to agree with both or either article, you are required to take their ideas seriously. If you are going to be critical, be critical of substantial ideas. Do not make the mistake of attacking the authors; instead ensure that you keep any critique focused on their arguments and/or their approaches and not their personality, location, or name.

Paragraph 1: Introduction – The introductory paragraph must contain a clear thesis statement and a description of the method used in the essay. In other words, the introduction must have a statement that includes an argument related to the essay question and then describe, briefly, how you will prove your argument. It must also include an overview of the similarities and differences you will address in the rest of your essay.

Paragraphs 2-15: Body paragraphs – Your essay must contain twelve body paragraphs. Each body paragraph must focus on one particular issue/point. Each body paragraph must end with a concluding sentence that connects the content of the paragraph back to the main argument stated in the introduction.

Paragraph 16: Conclusion – the concluding paragraph must restate what you have said in the essay. It is a blend of all the mentioned points.

You are strongly discouraged from using sources other than the articles provided for the topic AND the course materials. If you use other outside sources, failure to choose those sources wisely and/or use them effectively is grounds for a deduction from your final mark. Any outside sources (including course materials) must be properly cited.

Your essay must:

–    Include a cover page with your name, student number, and date of submission. Papers lacking this information may not be graded and may be assessed deductions for lateness.
–    Be in 12-point Times New Roman font with double-spacing and 1-inch margin.
–    Include a title.
–    Consist of 16 paragraphs (8 pages) in total (introduction, twelve body paragraphs, and conclusion); each paragraph must be at least 5 sentences long and must not exceed 10 sentences.
–    Include citations and a bibliography that conform to the Chicago Manual of style (you can use either author-date or humanities style, but be consistent). Your quotation and citation will be judged on the basis of a) how well you choose passages that are useful to your paper/identify relevant points in the text, b) how accurately you use that material and your fidelity to the original context, and c) whether it is possible for a reader to locate your quotations or cited points easily in the source material.

Contains all required elements. No formatting errors.
No errors in source
Insightful, original analysis. Excellent use/ understanding of theory.
Essay fully controlled by precise, well-‐ defined thesis.
Fully supports all arguments with relevant evidence and well-‐developed, persuasive reasoning.
Paper has excellent structure.
All body paragraphs have a clear focus and are coherent.
Writing is eloquent and clear. Absence of biased or colloquial language. Excellent diction and sentence structure. Excellent mechanics and punctuation.







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