Ompare and contrast societies of medieval China, Arabic Caliphate, and Christendom (Western Europe)
Compare and contrast societies of medieval China, Arabic Caliphate, and Christendom (Western Europe) regarding their religious beliefs and practices, government theory and practice, and class structure. Time period for all 3 societies is c. 600 c. 1400 CE.
Be specific demonstrate you read and understood the sources. Every statement should be supported. General introductory statements will be supported by detail later in the paper; specific events or clauses in the documents will provide that detail.
Do not give your personal opinion or judgment of the data. Be detached. Avoid using the first person Ior Weor second person You.Never compare anything with today, the U.S. or a different time period or society unless specifically instructed to do so.
A title page, bibliography and footnotes are unnecessary. Use page numbers for quotations, quasi-quotations (paraphrases), or other very specific items such as numbers or specific punishments or rules. Cite sources as . . . . (Papyrus Lansing, Johnson and Halverson, 27; or Ramayana, 45). Use quotations sparingly, no more than two per page (and each less than 3 lines long). Paragraphs should be longer than one sentence but less than 1/2 page long.
In the first paragraph, identify all sources being used, the topic you are addressing, and subsets of it. The subsets will constitute the remaining paragraphs, such as one paragraph for the gods, one for worship, one for the afterlife, etc. Conclude with the major points you want to leave with the reader, such as the most glaring differences between the three civilizations. Title your paper with an appropriate title. Include your name on the first page, upper right or left corner. Include the page number somewhere on all pages after the first (first page numbering optional)
Use all of (and only) these sources:
Relevant videos and lectures in this class
China: excerpts from Tao Cho, Tao Te Ching, Su Shih, Ssu-ma Kwang, Po Hsing-Chien, Marco Polo
Caliphate: excerpts from The Quran, al-Farabis The Perfect State, The Man Who Never Laughed Againand The Hunchbackfrom One Thousand and One Nights, Crusades, Black Death reading
Christendom: excerpts from Matthew, Acts, Romans, Einhards The Life of Charlemagne, Magna Carta, Chaucers Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, Crusades, Marco Polo, Black Death reading