2 Essay Questions, 300 words each

1. Consider the assigned reading from the Qur’an and explain how it reveal something important about the significance of women within early Islamic society. How does this compare or contrast with the role of women within the other cultures we have studied?

4.  Islamic art is sometimes characterized as a combination of the familiar and the innovative, or a blending of the pragmatic and the abstract. Perhaps all art has the potential to be of this sort, but how might we see this manifested particularly in Islamic art? Discuss both of the examples we are examining this week.