- Read the background articles (below) before the start of class. Short written summary of readings to be submitted to professor at beginning of first day of class. (10 points)
- Fully participate in all classes unless permission for absence is granted by instructor. (20 points)
- Prepare a 45 minute oral presentation to give to the class Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (time will be assigned by instructor). Topics must be selected from list below and approved by the professor before or by the first day of class. Written notes must be submitted to instructor on day of presentation. (30 points)
- Submit final paper or project by August 15, 2006 (40 points)
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 4pm; lunch break: 12:15 – 1:15.
Friday: 9am – 4pm; lunch and prayer break: 12pm – 2pm.
Background reading (for first day of class):
Richard M. Frank, “Moral Obligation in Classical Muslim Theology,” Journal of Religious Ethics v. 11/2 (Fall 1983): 204 – 223.
Charles E. Butterworth, “Ethics in Medieval Philosophy,” Journal of Religious Ethics v. 11/2 (Fall 1983): 224 – 249.
Peter J. Awn, “The Ethical Concerns of Classical Sufism” Journal of Religious Ethics v. 11/2 (Fall 1983): 240 263.
A Kevin Reinhart, “Islamic Law as Islamic Ethics,” 186-203.
A Kevin Reinhart, “Ethics and the Qur’an,” Encyclopedia of the Qur’an.
(Must get approval of instructor; other topics may be suggested.)
- Animal experimentation.
- Treatment of farm animals and eating meat.
- Pre-natal testing and abortion.
- Stem-cell research.
- Assisted suicide; DNR.
- Death penalty.
- End of life issues.
- Consumer ethics.
- You and your money.
- Weapons of mass destruction.
- Sex offenders: punishment and treatment.
- Privacy versus security.
- Self-esteem and plastic surgery.
- Public decency.
- Reason and responsibility (determining competence and age of consent).
- Organ transplantation.
- Elder care.
- Treatment of workers.
- Zakat collection.
- Zakat distribution.
- Medical marijuana and prohibited substances.
- Gentrification and property taxes.
- Prisons and punishment.
- Criminal records and expungement.
- Community versus Individual rights.
- Land expropriation for the public good.
- Water usage and ownership.
- Education: public, private or parochial?
- Access to health care.
- Affirmative action.