A Global Religion ( Islam)
The third essay is designed to engage the student to evaluate global cultures to one’s own culture by demonstrating
knowledge of one global religion [Islam] and reflecting critically on its weaponization and political deployment
in recent decades by a variety of geopolitical coalitions of governments/states in order to achieve complex
geopolitical goals whose full comprehension was often beyond the cognitive or intellectual reach of the rank-and-file ‘believers’ of such a global religion.
Rubric common to the four global analysis and critical thinking essays:
1. Each essay should follow the detailed format guidelines provided in its posted instructions, including the
use of Microsoft Word, the size of the essay in words and number of pages, no cover page, single spacing,
the specified margin size and justification, properly entered headers and footnotes, the specified font type
and size, and a fair number of paragraphs per page.
2. Each essay should be referenced with footnote citations entered properly (in Word, click “References”
then click “Insert footnote”) and in sequence at the bottom of each page according to the Notes [without
bibliography] system of The Chicago Manuel of Style Online.
3. Each essay should address directly, separately, and in sequence, each question asked based on the MOST
relevant and persuasive sources of the VAST, DIVERSE, BALANCED, CURRENT, and WELL
DOCUMENTED assigned short readings, PowerPoint slides, and videos shared by all class members.
4. Each essay should be original (free of any plagiarism), well written, persuasive, and free or almost free of
all spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors.
5. Each essay should be formatted as Microsoft Word file and uploaded through the TURNITIN software by
the specified deadline.
6. Beyond the above expectations (which are common to all four essays), there will be a few additional
expectations SPECIFIC to EACH essay and its topic (see the detailed instructions for each essay).