Reflection Paper Assignment

Two of the definitions for the word reflection listed in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary relate to this assignment:

a) a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation

b) a consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose.

Reflection is a cognitive process (again citing Merriam-Webster, cognitive involves a conscious intellectual activity such as thinking, reasoning, or remembering). Through writing a reflection paper, your process of critical thinking, analysis, and introspection is promoted and enhanced.

> This paper should be a thoughtful and balanced reflection and assessment of the material we have studied. The reflective paper should also indicate what you may havelearned about yourself as well as the subject matter. You do not need to cite sources for this assignment as it is based on what you have learned and your thoughts.

> This paper should be written in first person tense, essay format, with a minimumlength of 350 words and a maximum length of 500 words, double-spaced with 1-inch margins and in Times New Roman or Arial font, size 12. This assignment is worth 10% of your total course grade. Print out a hard copy for submission on the day it is due.Before beginning your assignment, it may be helpful to again review and consider the concepts that were included in the Course Learning Objectives and Outcomes portion of our course syllabus:

Recognize and discuss the influential ideas shaping the periods being studied.

Evaluate the humanities as an evolving conversation about what it means to be human.

Recognize oneself as part of a cultural tradition, as an inheritor and contributor to it.

Demonstrate ability to take initiative in enquiry and problem solving and develop and demonstrate innovative and integrative approaches to research, expression, and multifaceted situations through critical thinking and interpretation of information.

Analyze multivalent issues of cultural foundations, and intellectual and spiritual expression within comparative chronological and geographical contexts using interdisciplinary avenues of enquiry.

Develop and demonstrate expertise in a particular subject, problem or issue, integrating multiple elements of documentary and visual evidence in order to produce and share findings and conclusions in the form of the oral presentations, a final research paper, and associated creative productions when appropriate.

Develop the facility to engage in collaborative approaches in order to solve complex problems through group discussion and participation, and to appreciate the personal and professional benefits of shared experiences and expressions.

To be challenged to explore issues even if the results change or reposition our established perceptions of things, people, places or events and develop a greater knowledge and appreciation of the cultural accomplishments of diverse peoples of varied ethnic, racial, and sectarian affiliations and promote mutual respect, understanding, and tolerance of others.

Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge, experience, enquiry, and receptiveness that leads to a sense of social and personal responsibility.

Be inspired by experiences gained and continue the adventure of learning, questioning, and reflection; apply these experience to future personal and professional situations. For further information about reflective writing, please refer to this link to the Writing Center at Saint Marys University of Minnesota:

http://www2.smumn.edu/deptpages/tcwritingcenter/forms_of_writing/reflect_essay.php
The topic question:
Why did Muhammad experience such opposition to his teachings in Mecca and elsewhere?
Include answers to these related questions in your essay:

Are there other prophets or founders of religions now well established that faced great opposition?

Do you think that with the diversity of human experience and opinion these conflicts are inevitable?

Give specific examples to support your comments.