Islam World History

1. Beverly Mack and Jean Boyd, One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000) ISBN # 978-0253213983

Required Text
• The term paper is based exclusively on Beverly Mack and Jean Boyd, One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u
• You must not use any external sources other than One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u to write your paper
• However, if you seek further information about the poems compiled in One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u, you can consult the following source: Beverly Mack and Jean Boyd, The Collected Works of Nana Asma’u, 1793–1864. This later source is uploaded to Blackboard. Never use any source other than these two in order for your paper to be graded
• Please do not conduct any other extra research for this paper
• Your paper will not be graded if you conduct any other extra research not suggested by me

• Please submit and upload your term paper onto the Dropbox for Turnitin assignment on Blackboard.
Suggested Topics and approaches

• The following questions are suggestions. You may select one out of the four questions below to write your paper on. Your specific questions and approaches will all depend on the topic that most interests you, and on the evidence you select. Your paper should not simply supply answers to these questions; they are intended to kick start your creative and critical thinking and ideas about the book One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u, and its importance. Use the questions to guide you in formulating a thesis and locating evidence to support it.
1. What do you think is the most important aim(s) of Asma’u’s personal jihad? Write a paper which begins by explaining what that is and why you think it is the most important. This paragraph will constitute your thesis. The remainder of the paper, the argument, will support that thesis through the use of evidence drawn from Asma’u’s poems (93–171). (If you choose to write on this, identify what you think is the chief message(s) and virtues that Asma’u valued and sought to propagate, teach, and emulate through her poems).
2. What does Nana Asma’u consider to be characters of a virtuous leader or caliph and how do the Prophet Muhammad, Bello, and Uthman dan Fodiyo (Shehu) exemplify these traits? That is, what ideal qualities of a caliph do we find among Bello, Shehu, and the Prophet in the poems? In the course of your essay be sure to discuss the duties of Muslims to the caliphate and their rights against a tyrannical caliph as well as how Asma’u’s experiences during the jihad wars of her father shape her views about politics during 19th century Sokoto (93–171).
3. How are virtuous Sufi women represented in poems of Nana Asma’u? For what qualities did Amsa’u praise Sufi Muslim women, including Aisha, and what similarities and differences do you find between Sufi women’s characters and that of men (such as the Prophet, Bello, and Shehu)?
4. To what extent are Nana Asma’u’s accounts of Islam, Sufism, and sunnah of the prophet a product of her education, the politics at the time, her gendered role and responsibilities as a woman (93–171)?
Objectives
• The objective of the term paper is to encourage you to think and analyze like a historian
• And to assess how well you can express an understanding of how historical processes shape the way that some groups exercise power, control, or influence over others. I also want you to have fun while writing your paper. Further, the paper will enable you to develop skill on how to approach and analyze literary sources for what they can tell us about Islam in African history.
Paper Components
The paper should have the following components.
1. Thesis Statement/Argument/Structure
o A research paper must have a clear thesis statement, logical development of your argumentation, and coherent and clear structural organization and clear writing
o A thesis is a critical position you have developed relating to an issue. In other words, your thesis/argument is a statement that contains your position on your paper’s topic. This “thesis statement” should appear in your introduction and it should let the reader know what position you intend to “argue” in the paper
o Once you have identified your thesis, you need to look for information in the texts to support it. In order to achieve strong logical structure and argumentation, I encourage you to use stronger and assertive topic sentences at the beginning of each paragraph. The introduction to the text and the extra material provided by the editor are very helpful and informative. Read them carefully and closely.
2. Introduction and Conclusion
o Any history paper should contain an introductory paragraph at the beginning of the paper that offers brief introduction to the material
o The introductory paragraph must also briefly introduce your main argument and the primary points you intend to make in the paper
o Any history paper must contain a final concluding paragraph that summarizes your findings. The conclusion should restate the main argument and summarize the important ideas presented in the paper
o Therefore, the concluding paragraph is not the place to introduce new ideas that are not previously stated in the essay
o It is always good if the introductory and concluding paragraphs of your paper are in your own words (avoiding direct quotations from the required text in these paragraphs).

3. Evidence
o All arguments must be substantiated by evidence. Use direct quotations and specific examples from the text to illustrate your points
o You have to quote One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u at least three times throughout your paper
o Each time you quote from One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u, you must also include immediately after the quotation your analysis
o Please do not use a quotation without interpreting its significance or indicating how it relates to a point that you are trying to make
o If the quote is longer than four lines, it must be single-spaced and indented
o You must cite both direct quotes as well as any information and ideas acquired from the text even if you do not directly quote
 This is because your paper must give credit to all ideas that are not your own
 This is an intellectual obligation which you must meet
 Note that each and every paragraph should be supported by evidence
4. Citation
o All evidence must be accompanied by a citation to its source and this should be done in parenthetical references using the MLA format
o References to source you have used for your paper must be cited fully and properly, with the page number indicated at every paragraph. The citations for this essay need to follow the MLA Style
o A bibliography at the end of the paper is required
o Proper citation is important to avoid Plagiarism which can result in failure for the paper
o All quotations and ideas that are not your own must be given proper credit
o All work must be your own.
o Please refer to Purdue OWL for MLA citation style
 https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/resources.html

5. Technical details
o Your paper must
 have a separate title page in the front of the paper that contains:
• a creative and relevant title of your paper
• your name and ID
• the date when your paper is submitted
o have 1” margins on all sides
o be paginated
o include a bibliography
o have a total of at least 2000 words (excluding title page and bibliography)
o be double-spaced
o have a font that is no larger than 12-point typed in the Times New Roman font.

1. Beverly Mack and Jean Boyd, One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000) ISBN # 978-0253213983

Required Text
• The term paper is based exclusively on Beverly Mack and Jean Boyd, One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u
• You must not use any external sources other than One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u to write your paper
• However, if you seek further information about the poems compiled in One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u, you can consult the following source: Beverly Mack and Jean Boyd, The Collected Works of Nana Asma’u, 1793–1864. This later source is uploaded to Blackboard. Never use any source other than these two in order for your paper to be graded
• Please do not conduct any other extra research for this paper
• Your paper will not be graded if you conduct any other extra research not suggested by me

• Please submit and upload your term paper onto the Dropbox for Turnitin assignment on Blackboard.
Suggested Topics and approaches
• The following questions are suggestions. You may select one out of the four questions below to write your paper on. Your specific questions and approaches will all depend on the topic that most interests you, and on the evidence you select. Your paper should not simply supply answers to these questions; they are intended to kick start your creative and critical thinking and ideas about the book One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u, and its importance. Use the questions to guide you in formulating a thesis and locating evidence to support it.

1. What do you think is the most important aim(s) of Asma’u’s personal jihad? Write a paper which begins by explaining what that is and why you think it is the most important. This paragraph will constitute your thesis. The remainder of the paper, the argument, will support that thesis through the use of evidence drawn from Asma’u’s poems (93–171). (If you choose to write on this, identify what you think is the chief message(s) and virtues that Asma’u valued and sought to propagate, teach, and emulate through her poems).
2. What does Nana Asma’u consider to be characters of a virtuous leader or caliph and how do the Prophet Muhammad, Bello, and Uthman dan Fodiyo (Shehu) exemplify these traits? That is, what ideal qualities of a caliph do we find among Bello, Shehu, and the Prophet in the poems? In the course of your essay be sure to discuss the duties of Muslims to the caliphate and their rights against a tyrannical caliph as well as how Asma’u’s experiences during the jihad wars of her father shape her views about politics during 19th century Sokoto (93–171).
3. How are virtuous Sufi women represented in poems of Nana Asma’u? For what qualities did Amsa’u praise Sufi Muslim women, including Aisha, and what similarities and differences do you find between Sufi women’s characters and that of men (such as the Prophet, Bello, and Shehu)?
4. To what extent are Nana Asma’u’s accounts of Islam, Sufism, and sunnah of the prophet a product of her education, the politics at the time, her gendered role and responsibilities as a woman (93–171)?
Objectives
• The objective of the term paper is to encourage you to think and analyze like a historian
• And to assess how well you can express an understanding of how historical processes shape the way that some groups exercise power, control, or influence over others. I also want you to have fun while writing your paper. Further, the paper will enable you to develop skill on how to approach and analyze literary sources for what they can tell us about Islam in African history.
Paper Components
The paper should have the following components.
1. Thesis Statement/Argument/Structure
o A research paper must have a clear thesis statement, logical development of your argumentation, and coherent and clear structural organization and clear writing
o A thesis is a critical position you have developed relating to an issue. In other words, your thesis/argument is a statement that contains your position on your paper’s topic. This “thesis statement” should appear in your introduction and it should let the reader know what position you intend to “argue” in the paper
o Once you have identified your thesis, you need to look for information in the texts to support it. In order to achieve strong logical structure and argumentation, I encourage you to use stronger and assertive topic sentences at the beginning of each paragraph. The introduction to the text and the extra material provided by the editor are very helpful and informative. Read them carefully and closely.
2. Introduction and Conclusion
o Any history paper should contain an introductory paragraph at the beginning of the paper that offers brief introduction to the material
o The introductory paragraph must also briefly introduce your main argument and the primary points you intend to make in the paper
o Any history paper must contain a final concluding paragraph that summarizes your findings. The conclusion should restate the main argument and summarize the important ideas presented in the paper
o Therefore, the concluding paragraph is not the place to introduce new ideas that are not previously stated in the essay
o It is always good if the introductory and concluding paragraphs of your paper are in your own words (avoiding direct quotations from the required text in these paragraphs).

3. Evidence
o All arguments must be substantiated by evidence. Use direct quotations and specific examples from the text to illustrate your points
o You have to quote One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u at least three times throughout your paper
o Each time you quote from One Woman’s Jihad, Nana Asma’u, you must also include immediately after the quotation your analysis
o Please do not use a quotation without interpreting its significance or indicating how it relates to a point that you are trying to make
o If the quote is longer than four lines, it must be single-spaced and indented
o You must cite both direct quotes as well as any information and ideas acquired from the text even if you do not directly quote
 This is because your paper must give credit to all ideas that are not your own
 This is an intellectual obligation which you must meet
 Note that each and every paragraph should be supported by evidence
4. Citation
o All evidence must be accompanied by a citation to its source and this should be done in parenthetical references using the MLA format
o References to source you have used for your paper must be cited fully and properly, with the page number indicated at every paragraph. The citations for this essay need to follow the MLA Style
o A bibliography at the end of the paper is required
o Proper citation is important to avoid Plagiarism which can result in failure for the paper
o All quotations and ideas that are not your own must be given proper credit
o All work must be your own.
o Please refer to Purdue OWL for MLA citation style
 https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/resources.html

5. Technical details
o Your paper must
 have a separate title page in the front of the paper that contains:
• a creative and relevant title of your paper
• your name and ID
• the date when your paper is submitted

o have 1” margins on all sides
o be paginated
o include a bibliography
o have a total of at least 2000 words (excluding title page and bibliography)
o be double-spaced
o have a font that is no larger than 12-point typed in the Times New Roman font

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