Mythical Place - I need to explain the myth of "Mecca" from the perspective of the society, in which it occurs, relating it, if possible to an exmple of a similar myth occurring in modern-day culture.
I do not know where to start and I have to write 1,400 to 1,700 words!
I have to prprepare an outline as well as write a paper. I have writers block and am stuck, please help!
Don't worry; everyone gets stuck now and then when faced with a difficult topic. Sometimes, even when a topic seems simple enough, finding an angle in which to begin proves quite a challenge. I will share with you a tip - in social science, a research, a paper, always begins with a question. For researchers, to find a topic worthy of looking into needs inspiration and focus and you are lucky here - you already have a topic. Analysing the question above I have come to 3 important facts about your paper - first that it is an exercise on your understanding of what myths are from a sociological viewpoint, second, you are to discuss what 'Mecca' means from an Islamic/Muslim point of view (a conclusion that is easily reached since Mecca in a general sense refers to Islam's Holiest city) and 3, the 'Myth of Mecca' is a viewpoint of historical/religious origins, dating back to a period prior to the modern Age as you are being asked to relate - contrast it to a Modern cultural myth. Now, it might be that 'the Myth of Mecca' refers to a particular passage/story in your study materials but since you haven't provided such a reference, I will refer to the Mecca of popular view. Below, I have provided a simple outline and a sample paper/essay that follows this outline to give you an example. While you may not agree to the opinions presented, they are anchored in references. This is only an example but I think this is what you need. Should you find you need more assistance, don't hesitate to send me a message.
OTA 105878/Xenia Jones
1. Title & Introduction - Defining Myths
2. Body: Discussing the Myth of Mecca
a. Wheeler's Argument
b. How the Myth was shaped
c. A 'modern retelling'
3. Conclusion - Myth and Permeation
4. Word Count & References
The Myth of Mecca: A discussion
Myths are stories passed down through oral, written or pictorial history that answer questions a culture or society has about a particular phenomenon they cannot explain otherwise. All cultures reach a point in development where they are able to think beyond routine survival, at which point they begin to question the meaning of the world around them, reaching for the divine as they cope with pragmatic truths. A myth about creation, such as the Native American belief that the world is carried on the back of a great turtle, answers one of the greatest questions of existence for their people. The Greeks observed the rising and setting of the sun and developed the story of Apollo driving his fiery chariot across the sky to explain the phenomenon. We can even go as far as argue that the root of many a religious belief system are rooted in fantastical stories of the mythic order, the desire of Man to find an explanation of his being and the universe that surrounds him. The Pantheon of the Greek & Roman Gods area great example and the belief system of the Norsemen and the ancient Egyptians fall into that category as well. It is quite acceptable then to argue that from a rational viewpoint, as traditions, perspectives and the pillar figures and events that shaped and established a faith mature over time - say a few thousand years - they take on a mythical quality. Buddha, Confucius, Jesus Christ and even the Prophet Mohammed have appeared time and again in stories - written or orally presented - as glorious and phenomenal, transcending reality, time and space.
Just what is the Myth of Mecca? If Mecca is the most sacred spot on Earth to Muslims - why is it so? What does the Myth entails? Why are we arguing to call it a Myth. For us to answer these questions, let us define the geographical Mecca and from that look into history to explain the city's holy significance. Jack Wheeler of the Freedom research Foundation wrote an essay that did just this. According to him (Wheeler, 2001) -
"The most sacred spot on earth to all members of the Islamic religion is the Holy City of Mecca, revered as the birthplace of Mohammed. ...
The solution explores 'the Myth of Mecca' in extensive detail exploring the work of the likes of Historians Jack Wheeler & Al-Rawandi to provide the student varied discussion points from political, socio-religious and socio-historical viewpoints. The solution looks at the history of Islam in relation to other faith related to it with similar foundations in Ancient Mesopotamia and relates this 'myth' to the present in relation to radicalism and the global war on terror. Furthermore, it provides an essay structure that the student can follow or use as a basis when writing the intended paper. The solution is an essay written in the APA-format. References are provided for easy expansion. A word version is also attached for easy printing.
The brief description relates to the significance of Islam and similarities of other religions. Islamic prayer falls among the greatest rituals of Muslims. The prayers otherwise known as Salat are conducted five times a day looking at the direction of Kaba shrine. Another ceremony is Akikah, an informal birth ceremony. Prayers for the dead and marriage rituals are other ceremonies.
Muslim marriage ceremony is conducted by a maulavi or Muslim priest. The star and crescent is the universal Islamic symbol. These symbols are present in the flags of several Islamic countries. Different colours were used by early Islamic dynasties. The colours they used were white, black, green and red. Later, green color received prominence among Muslims. Shahada, sword, and gardens of Mughal Empire in India are considered as the symbols of Islam. Another Islamic symbol, sword is used by Shiites. There are also several myths about Islam. Quran and Hadith are the sacred texts of Muslims.
This solution also contains comparison of major religions and their similarities
Islamic prayer falls among the greatest rituals of Muslims. The prayers otherwise known as Salat are conducted five times a day. It is aimed to praise God and bless Prophet Muhammad. A Muslim always prays at the direction of Kaba shrine in Mecca.
Another ceremony is Akikah, an informal birth ceremony. It was celebration of the birth of the new born and the joy would be shared with the poor and needy.
Prayers for the dead and marriage rituals are other ceremonies. Prayers for the dead are offered for forgiveness and save him/her from the last judgment
Muslim marriage ceremony is conducted by a maulavi or Muslim priest. Close friends and relatives of bride and bridegroom will be present there to witness the event.
The star and crescent is the universal Islamic symbol. These symbols are present in the flags of several Islamic countries. Different colors were used by early Islamic dynasties. The colours they used were white, black, green and red. Later, green color received prominence among Muslims.
Shahada, sword, and gardens of Mughal Empire in India are considered as the symbols of Islam. Shahada is the first pillar of Islamic faith. It is the confession of faith in Allah and Prophet Muhammad. Another Islamic symbol, sword is used by Shiites. It is identified with Imam Ali, who they believe fought with his sword and life for Islam.
There are lots of myths about Islam. Some of the myths are the following
 Islam means peace, but the actual meaning is surrender
 Islam respects women. Islamic law allows men to divorce women easily.
 Jihad means inner struggle but Koran repudiates this view.
 Islam is a peaceful religion. Prophet Muhammad and other Islamic rulers followed the policy of war and conquest
 Muslims worship a moon god, but the god of muslims is known as Allah
 Muslims donot believe in Jesus. Quran contains lot of references about Jesus but it denies the divine nature of Jesus.
 Islam is a tolerant religion, but the truth is that it has no history of tolerance
 Muslims are terrorists and extremists. Islam did not approve terrorism but only certain group of people indulges in extremist activities.
Quran and Hadith are the sacred texts of Muslims. Quran is the primary text of belief to Muslims. Muslims believes that Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. Hadith is the traditional sayings of Muhammad and later Islamic sages. It is second only to Quran.
Comparison of Major Religions
Christianity Islam Judaism
Name of Gods: Jesus Christ Allah Jehovah
Sacred Books: Holy Bible Koran Torah
Places of Worship: Church Mosque Synagogue
Founders: Jesus Christ Prophet Muhammad Moses
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