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Source 1 Title and Citation:
The Qur'an Does Not Condone Or Encourage Terrorism Islamic Militancy, 2009
Identify the principal issue presented by the source.
The principal issue presented is that, contrary to popular belief, the Qur’an and the word “jihad” have been used to mislead people that Islam is a violent religion.
Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this.
In my opinion, this whole article shows signs of bias by the author. The whole article shows favoritism towards the concept of peaceful Islam, it never speculates to the other possibilities that Islam may possibly be a violent religion.
Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. Explain your reasoning.
I don’t believe that any areas of this article are vague or ambiguous; the author does a great job at using information from the Qur’an to back his statements. He also ensures that he provides page numbers so the information may be found.
Do you find the source credible? Explain your reasoning.
I believe that the source is credible because it provides all the citations and information needed for the reader to verify the information provided. This characteristic shows integrity, which makes the source trustworthy thus seeming credible.
Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author. Explain your reasoning.
The author of this article used rhetorical devices such as euphemisms throughout the entire article. The author also gives examples of stereotypes, innuendo, and hyperbole.
Identify and name any fallacies used by the author. Explain your reasoning.
The author uses scare tactics such as “A grave threat to all of us nowadays is the scourge of religious and political extremism that manifests itself in various forms of violence, including terrorism.”
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