In your paper, do not spend most of the time giving a summary of the book. Do that only as much as you need to situate your own thoughts.

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Instead, focus on a chapter we did not read in class (choose from: chapters 2, 6, 7, or 8 – but not chapter 9). Analyze and critique Ali’s presentation of that chapter in light of the book as a whole (of course, you can and should read all of the other chapters of the book for this), as well as previous class readings on Islamic law, theology, and ethics (as appropriate to your argument) from the earlier part of the course.

The following might be some points you discuss, and/or you may come up with your own:

How does this particular chapter represent her overall argument throughout the book?

How does her approach challenge previous legal and theological claims about sexuality and/or gender in Islam?

How might her work here impact other dimensions of Islamic ethics?

What are the strengths and weaknesses of her approach?

Due: At the beginning of class, Monday, 1 May 2017. Also submit an electronic copy via SafeAssign on Blackboard.


Double-spaced, one inch margins on all sides, standard font (Calibri, Arial, Times New Roman, etc.).

Make sure to use page numbers.


DO NOT !!!!! use sources from outside of our class materials. Do not cite our class discussions/your class notes unless it is specifically about something we discussed not in or beyond the course materials. If you need to cite that, write: (class notes, 4/18/17).

There is no need to provide a bibliography, nor footnotes. But when referring to the text for ideas that are not your own, use a parenthetical notation of author’s last name and page number(s) like this:

IS believes it has today fulfilled the conditions required to allow them to take slaves, including concubines (Ali, 71)


Just make sure to have an introduction, body paragraphs and ending. Also, DO NOT use any outside sources please please please !

try to support the essay with a lot of examples from the book.


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