Important note: The following test is intended to demonstrate the structure and format of a standard RelS 201 mid-term test. The course is not always taught in the same way, and therefore not all the questions contained here will necessarily be applicable to the current version of the course.

The University of Calgary
Department of Religious Studies
Religious Studies 201--XX

Final Examination: Islam

Prof. E. Segal

Section One: Answer 1 of the following questions in the examination booklet (Your essay should be approximately 1 1/2 single-spaced pages long):

Section One
(out of 35)

  1. "According to Muslim tradition, the region [of Arabia before the rise of Islam] sank into historical oblivion, `the Age of Ignorance'... For many centuries, the events of the rest of the world passed it by..." (M. P. Fisher):
    Discuss the accuracy of this statement, citing similarities and/or differences between Arabian religion, culture and society before the advent of Muh\ammad and afterwards.
  2. Explain the main differences between the Sunni and Shi`ite movements and how they arose.

Section Two: Answer 5 of the following questions in the space provided or on the reverse side of this sheet:

  1. What was the status of Jews and Christians under Muslim rule?

    Section Two
    (out of 25)

  2. What religious observance is associated with the month of Ramadan, and for what reason?

  3. From what event do Muslims begin calculating years? What is the significance of that event?

  4. Describe one of the benefits that is said to attach to the reading of the Qur'an, according to Fisher.

  5. Describe any two features from the Islamic conception of the afterlife.

Section Three: Answer 4 of the following questions on this sheet:

Section Three
(out of 16)

  1. Order the following items in correct chronological order:
    p a. The Hegirah; b. Jahiliyyah; c. Umayyad Caliphate; d. Salah-al-Din takes Jerusalem.


    In the following questions, indicate your choice by circling the correct letter (Each question is worth 4 points).

  2. The word "Quran" means:

  3. The text of the "Shahadah" begins:
  4. The movement of "Sufism":

  5. According to Fisher, Muhammad applied the term "Lesser Jihad" to:

Section Four: Define five of the following terms in the space provided or on the reverse of this sheet: (Each answer is worth 6 points).

Section Four
(out of 24)

  1. Hadith.

  2. The Night of the Ascension.

  3. Shaitan.

  4. The Minaret.
    (out of 100)

  5. The Ummah.

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