Sample Religious Studies Paper on jihad

The papers must answer the questions below and follow the format outlined below:

The term is “jihad”

1.) What is the prevalent usage of the term in news media and in what contexts is the term used? (This section should be confined to one paragraph. Your analysis here should be based on a search for the term on sites such as,, Fox News, New York Times, or wherever you usually get your news.)

2.)Outline/summarize in your own words the historical development of the concept as presented in the encyclopedia article posted on Canvas about your selected topic. Pay special attention to the lexical meaning of the term in Arabic and how that may have acquired special significance in particular cultural/historical contexts.

3.) Drawing on the articles posted on Canvas that are related to your chosen topic, discuss how historical and political contexts have influenced the ways in which Muslims have understood or interpreted the selected topic.