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8th Grade Humanities

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Homework

Islam Homework Packet Week 1

Monday 2/23 In Class

Reading: “How Muslims View the World: God, Angels, and Adam and Eve”

Notes (In Your Notebook): Answer the following questions and annotate your packet based on them. Be prepared to be quizzed on them.

  1. How does Islam feel about Christianity and Judaism?

  2. What do Muslims believe happens when people die?

  3. How does Islam differ from Christianity in it’s beliefs about Jesus?

  4. How is Islam’s creation story similar to Judaism and Christianity? How is it different?

  5. True or False: Islam says that a person needs to be Muslim to go to Heaven.

  6. Who does the term “People of the Book” refer to? Why is it important?

  7. What are two views Muslims have about evolutionary theory?

  8. What are the Jinn?



Due Tuesday 2/24

Reading: “Muhammad and his Mission” (p.119-133)

Notes (In Your Notebook): Answer the following questions and annotate your packet based on them. Be prepared to be quizzed on them.

  1. What were some of the injustices of Meccan society before the founding of Islam?

  2. What do we know about Muhammad’s early life?

  3. What happened during the Night of Power? Be prepared to summarize the key events.

  4. What are some of the ways Muhammad challenged the status quo of Meccan society?

  5. How was Muhammad treated after he started preaching?

  6. How did Muhammad treat non-Muslims under his rule?

  7. How did Muhammad capture Mecca?

  8. What remarkable actions did Muhammad take afterward?


Due Wednesday 2/25

Reading: “From Sand Dunes to Spain: The Spread of Islam” (p.155-169)

Notes (In Your Notebook): Answer the following questions and annotate your packet based on them. Be prepared to be quizzed on them.

  1. What are three reasons that Arab armies were so successful against large empires?

  2. What were Islam’s rules about conquered people converting to their religion?

  3. What was the Jizya tax? How does the author justify its existence?

  4. How did early Muslims get around the Quran’s prohibition on wars for territory?

  5. List at least two major technological and scientific advances made by the Muslim empire.

  6. What does Jihad really mean?

  7. What is an example of internal Jihad?

  8. What are three examples of external Jihad?

  9. What did Muhammad say is the best form of Jihad?


Due Thursday 2/26

Reading: Read the chapter of “The Genius of Islam” that you were assigned in class.

Notes (In Your Notebook):

  1. What is the innovation described in the chapter?

  2. How does it work?

  3. Why was it useful back then?

  4. How is it relevant to our lives today?


Due Friday 2/27

Reading: Read the three sections on Women in Islam, entitled “Muslim Women in Particular,” “Do I Act Oppressed?” and “Don’t Pity Us” and “Women in Islam”.

Notes (In Your Notebook): Answer the following questions and annotate your packet based on them. Be prepared to be quizzed on them.

“Muslim Women in Particular”



  1. What did the Quran say about women’s rights?

  2. What historical evidence does the author provide to show that in Indonesia, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, women are not as oppressed?

  3. What types of jobs have Muslim women held in other countries?

“Do I Act Oppressed?”

  1. What does the American man say to Assia? What did he believe about her?

  2. How is what he believed about her not true?

“Don’t Pity Us”

  1. How does Maham compare women who wear headscarves to American women?

  2. How does Maham justify wearing a headscarf?

“Women in Islam”

  1. What does Muhammad say about women?

  2. How are the practices of some Muslim countries different from the Qur’an?


Due Monday 3/2

Reading: “Shahadah” and “Prayer”

Notes (In Your Notebook): Answer the following questions and annotate your packet based on them. Be prepared to be quizzed on them.

“Shahadah”



  1. What is the Shahadah?

  2. What are the two ideas in the Shahadah?

  3. What are two ways that saying the Shahadah benefit Muslims’ lives?

  4. What does the author believe will surprise people in the last paragraph?

“Prayer”

  1. Why is Abraham important in Islam?

  2. Why does the book refer to God as “God” instead of “Allah”?

  3. What is the purpose of prayer in Islam?

  4. Do Muslims have to pray to be Muslims?

  5. How many times a day do Muslims Pray?


Due Tuesday 3/3

Reading: “Zakat” and “Ramadan”

Notes (In Your Notebook): Answer the following questions and annotate your packet based on them. Be prepared to be quizzed on them.
“Zakat”

  1. Based on the title and subheading, what do you think Zakat means?

  2. Why must Muslims give charity according to the first paragraph?

  3. How does charity benefit society?

  4. How does charity benefit the Muslim who gives charity?

  5. How much is the recommended donation?

“Ramadan”

  1. What “illnesses” does fasting heal?

  2. How might fasting affect Muslims who practice it?

  3. What are the rules for fasting during Ramadan? When do you fast? Who is not required to fast?

  4. What else might Muslims give up during Ramadan besides food?

  5. How do Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan?


Due Wednesday 3/4

Reading: “Hajj” and “Halal and Haram”



Notes (In Your Notebook): Answer the following questions and annotate your packet based on them. Be prepared to be quizzed on them.

“Hajj”


  1. What is the Hajj? How many people perform it each year?

  2. Who is excused from the Hajj?

“Halal and Haram”

  1. What do Halal and Haram refer to?

  2. List the foods that Muslims are not allowed to eat.

  3. How does meat need to be prepared in order to be Halal?

  4. What other activities are Haram in Islam?


Due Thursday 3/5

-Outline of Islam Letter Essay to a person who has ignorant views about Islam

-Draft of Introduction and First Body Paragraph
Due Friday 3/6

-Full typed, Proofread First Draft of Islam Letter essay


Due Monday 3/9

-Final Draft of Islam Letter Essay


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