Title: States and Religion
Paper type Research Paper
Paper format MLA
Course level Undergraduate
Subject Area History
Spacing Double Spacing
The Prophet Muhammad did not just found a religion. He and his successors also turned the Arabs from a collection of tribes to a state. Muhammad’s successors ruled an empire.
In the Byzantine Empire and in the kingdoms of Western Europe, kings and emperors embraced Christianity and indeed sought to make laws in line with Christian doctrine, but the Church nevertheless occupied a distinct sphere.
In about 1000 words, compare and contrast how state and religion functioned in the Christian world and in the Muslim world. You might want to consider the following questions, although you can consider other elements as well:
What role did religion play in establishing legitimacy?
What role did religion play in armed violence?
To what extent did Christian and Muslim leaders believe that their power flowed from God?
In the end, did monotheistic religions make states more or less stable?
Sources for the Essay
The textbook and all eCore information can be used to help complete the essay. Beyond the sources available in the course, at least three additional reliable sources must be used to complete the essay. Evaluate the sources critically and use only legitimate sources. Encyclopedias and Wikipedia are not legitimate sources – using them will detract from your grade significantly. For additional help evaluating sources, please refer to “Tips for Writing Essays,” which is posted with the syllabus. Don’t hesitate to contact your professor with specific questions about sources.
Guidelines for Writing your Essay
Please use the following guidelines for writing your essay:
The essay should be typed in 12-point font. Please use a simple, clean font such as Times New Roman or Palatino. Use 1″ inch margins on all sides. The completed essay must be around 1000 words in length.
The essay is to be written following the rules of correct grammar and spelling, both of which will be taken into consideration in the evaluation of the essay. Be sure to edit and revise your essay as grammar and spell checks typically do not catch words used in incorrect contexts.
The essay must be original and analytical and must be careful to include well-thought-out responses to the questions posed in the assignment. Make sure to address ALL parts of the question.
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