Is Firestone’s thesis that Muhammad was responsible for a change from economic to ideological warfare correct and, if so, was this an example of moral progress?
10marks will be given for your use of source material. You must exercise good judgment in choosing secondary sources (they should be reliable, academic sources) and you should show some first-hand knowledge of primary sources.
10 marks will be given for your level of understanding. You must demonstrate the ability to make reasonable judgments of the available evidence, to consider more than one point of view, and provide good reasons for choosing the best theory, and an ability to understand deep explanations of the history of religions – connecting religious change to economic and political factors, for example.
Historical papers should be 1000-1500 words long.
What was the ultimate goal? Resources or spreading or defending a way of life?
Must read: economic and ideological warfare, as defined by ruven firestone in Jihad
DEEP EXPLANATIONS on
Islam ideology of justice
QUESTIONS TO ASK
Firestone analysis of history convincing?
Should we look at the historical evaluation as good or bad?