ISCUSS THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE MAJOR SCHOOLS OF ISLAMIC LAW AND THE LEGAL THEORY IN THE ABBASID PERIOD OF MUSLIM HISTORY. (758-1258)

A GOOD ESSAY WILL DEMONSTRATE:
1. THOROUGH RELEVENT SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE
2. FAMILIARITY WITH RELEVENT PRIMARY TEXTS SUCH AS THE QURAN AND THE WORKS OF MUSLIM PHILOSOPHERS.
3. DEFINITE EVIDENCE OF BACKGROUND READING.
4. A GOOD STANDARD OF WRITTEN ENGLISH.
5. ABILITY TO PRESENT A COHERENT ARGUMENT AND DEVELOP A LOGICAL ESSAY STRUCTURE.
6. A CRITICAL, NOT SIMPLY DESCRIPTIVE APPROACH, IN WHICH DIFFERING VIEWPOINTS ANS SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT ARE ACKNOWLEDGED AND EVALUATED.
REFERENCE ACCORDING TO THE HARVARD SYSTEM IN THE BIBLIOGRPAHY AS WELL AS IN THE ESSAY ITSELF.