Monday, January 29, 2007

Study Guide for Islam Exam

TEST DATE: WED. JAN. 31, 2007

Type of questions:
  • multiple choice
  • true/false (modified)
  • short answer
  • identifications
  • vocab (chapter 2; mystic/mysticism)
  • Geography of Arabian Peninsula (coastal plains, deserts, mountains, oases, major cities)
  • Islamic History/Beliefs:
    • Muhammad's life/call (know dates!)
    • Chapter 1 (section 2)
    • Similarities of three religions (Judaism/Christianity/Islam)
    • Five Pillars (know order; Arabic names/English names; description)
    • How muslims pray (see handout)
  • Islamic Culture:
    • Golden Age (ch. 2; 3-- achievements in music/art/literature/architecture/science, etc)
    • Poetry (history of poetry; Islamic poets of Golden Age-- Rumi, Khayyam, Hafiz)
    • Mosques (style; features (interior/exterior); be able to identify pictures

Monday, January 22, 2007


1. Finish the pillars/poetry handout. Make sure you complete Part II #1 (poem) by tomorrow.

2. Define: mysticism and mystic

Due: Tomorrow...

Friday, January 19, 2007


1. Complete both handouts over the weekend (Harun ar-Rahshid, Vocab)...due Monday

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Final Exam Question # 2

PJ # 9-- Mosques of the World

1. Go to your next stop (after Gardens of the World)
2. Go to archnet (link below) to choose a mosque CLOSEST to your stop.
3. Print several pictures to put in your journal.
4. Answer the following questions in NARRATIVE format as if you are touring the site:

a) Name of mosque/place
b) Describe your experience in the mosque (what does it look like inside/out; what do you think about it, etc)
c) How is this mosque similar or different to the mosques we have studied in class?
d) Which FEATURES of the mosque did you find particularly interesting? Why?
e) In what ways does this mosque resemble other places of worship that YOU have visited in your life?
f) Have a conversation with a muslim you meet in your mosque. What FIVE things have you learned while visiting this mosque (and meeting this person)?

(2 pages minimum excluding photos)


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Final Exam Question #1

There will only be two questions for your final. Here is the first question:




  • Go to your next stop.
  • Locate a natural garden/forest/park at your stop that has been set aside for citizens to visit for pleasure.
  • Describe the place and make sure you include at least one picture of it.
  • How is this place similar/different to a traditional Japanese garden? (If you happen to be IN Japan, then find a place that is special, but is NOT a traditional Japanese garden.)

(1 page minimum excluding the photographs)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Mosque HW

  • Finish reading mosque handout.
  • Try to complete the "Mosque Treasure Hunt" (first two columns, not the third) tonight.
  • We will fill in third box tomorrow.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Ch. 1, Section 3

  • Finish handouts.
  • Quiz first thing tomorrow.

Sunday, January 07, 2007


  • The final exam for semester 1 will be open note/open book.
  • All questions will be related to the pilgrimage journal. Some questions will require you to think about cultures we have already studied, and some questions will make you look for new information.
  • You will receive all questions ahead of time and may prepare the questions as I explain in class.
  • This means that study time is low, prep time might be about 2 hours max.