It is the epic story of a cultural empire that dominated a millennium, encompassed half the world, and shaped history. Thus, when the flood of the Arab horseman came from the south, Persia crumbled like a house of cards, while Byzantium lost its hold on Egypt and S yria. The most populous Muslim countries are Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India. Certainly, the early Muslims were fired with a tremendous zeal as they burst out of Arabia and entered the territories of the Byzantine and Persian Empires. After his death, the Caliphate became dynastic. Its geographic and cultural breadth brought immeasurable advances in literature, the arts, science, and medicine to a Western world still ensconced in the Middle Ages. Expert commentary is provided by such scholars as Ahmet Karamustafa of Washington University, George Saliba of Columbia University, Sheila Blair of Boston College, and Carole Hillenbrand of Edinburgh University.
Denny of the University of Massachusetts. Others are reformers, who reinterpret Islamic traditions in support of elective forms of government. The number of Muslims in Indonesia alone 175 million exceeds the combined total in Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran, the traditional heartlands of Islam. Even after moving to North America, I have kept up my studies of the history of the Arabs and of Islam, both in Arabic and in English. Some are secularists who want to disengage religion from politics. ~ Steve Blackburn, Rovi Islam: Empire of Faith, Part 2 - The Awakening As Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley notes in his narration, the European Renaissance had its beginning in the metropolis of Baghdad, a center of learning at a time when Europe was sunk in the Dark Ages. But it is not an attitude that has no legitimate and reasonable foundation.
I have read Arabic books written by Muslim scholars and intellectuals that were far more objective than what I was watching. Islam: Empire of Faith tells the spectacular story of the great sweep of Islamic power and faith during its first 1,000 years—from the birth of the prophet Muhammad to the peak of the Ottoman Empire—under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. . As to the early years of Islam, the age of the caliphate and the conquests, the impression was given that the spread of this theistic religion was primarily due to the power of the faith. Denny of the University of Massachusetts, Victoria Holbrook of Ohio State University, Ahmet Karamustafa of Washington University, Cornell Fleischer of the University of Chicago, and John Renard of St.
The first episode deals with the life of Muhammad, the second with the early Caliphates, Crusades, and Mongol invasion, and the third with the Ottoman Empire and Safavid dynasty. The episode ends with the devastating invasion of Islamic lands by the Mongols. How could I be free from the prejudices that my people h ave harbored regarding Islam ever since the conquest of their homeland in t he early seventh century? While Christians considered Aristotle and Plato blasphemous, Muslim scholars studied and admired the Greek philosophers. Thus, no criticism may be leveled against them. In keeping with tradition, the two main branches of Islam today are. Details in the life of the Prophet that may offend W estern viewers were totally left out. I loved every bit of this documentary, I was really eager to know the genesis and the expansion of Islam.
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley. But this is not the whole story. This episode covers the revelation and early writing of the Koran; the creation of the first Mosque; the persecution suffered by the first Muslims; and the major battles fought by Muhammad and his followers to establish the new religion. The world population today is around six billion. But non-Muslims may not and should not claim any right to re-conquer what once was their own homeland! However, it was spiked because it depicted Islamist terrorists as not being representative of Muslims! Nomads enlisted by Muslims to fight the Mongols stake their own claims, and become known as Ottomans. Indeed, it was a truly sanitized biography! Not many people know that Kingsley is a Muslim born to an Indian Muslim Father and British Mom. T o this very day , in the eyes of Muslims, their conquests were divinely mandated.
Within the span of a few centuries, the Islamic empires blossomed, projecting their power from Africa to the East Indies, and from Spain to India. The film even depicted Islamic tenets as though they were historical facts. Also covered is the beginning of the Crusades. Why not at least one paragraph about this tragic part of the history of the and in 1492, they were successful in regaining their homeland. When the film was first made, there was a scene featuring a 14th century painting of Muhammad. W estern scholars seldom show such an attitude toward Christianity. This episode also explores the story of the Crusades including stunning reenactments filmed in Iran and ends with the invasion of Islamic lands by the.
Islamic mathematicians devised the system of Arabic numerals we still use today, and medicine was so advanced that Muslim surgeons were performing cataract surgery a thousand years ago. The Caliphs of this era, now belonging to the Sunni division of Islam, bore a fierce hostility to the family of Ali. Arabic becomes the language of learning, and achievements in art, architecture, science, and medicine flourish. Also the narration by Ben Kingsley is phenomenal. At several intermissions during the two and half hour show, we were informed that the documentary was being made available I doubt the veracity of this statement. Islam: Empire of Faith is a documentary series, made in 2000, that details the history of Islam, from the birth of the Islamic Prophet, Muhammad to the Ottoman Empire. Islamic principles and influence are spread further, affecting the intellectual development of the West.
Muslims made great achievements in architecture, medicine, and science, influencing the intellectual development of the West. The capital of the growing empire was moved from Medina to Damascus, Syria. I have lived a good deal of m y life in the Middle East. Suleiman the Magnificent shapes the Ottomans into a military powerhouse and an empire of extreme wealth and sophistication, which threatens the great power centers of Europe and the empire of the Persian Safavids to the east, before falling victim to enemies from within. Eventually , in 750 this Damascus based Caliphate came to an abrupt end in a horrible blood bath. Still there are others who reject democracy entirely.
The majority of the speakers and commentators are W estern, and are associated with such institutions as the University of Saint Louis, Columbia University , Boston College, and Edinburgh University. Expert commentary is provided by such scholars as Esin Atil, historian of Islamic art, Walter B. In commenting on this documentary in the. Of the four Caliphs that succeeded Muhammad after 632, three were assassinated. Culture and goods flow freely throughout a large empire. This episode also tells the story of the Crusades and describes the recapture of Jerusalem by Saladin the Great. The Sunni Ottoman regime had more trouble from their rival Safavid Dynasty of Shiite Muslims than from their vanquished Christian subjects.
Moreover, it was the secular courts that did almost all the killings, though once again the viewer was not told this. The rapid religious, cultural, and political expansion of Islam overwhelms the empires of Persia and Byzantium, creating a new empire larger than Rome. Increasingly, scholars and historians are recognizing the profound impact that Islamic civilization has had on the face of Western culture and the course of world history. Highlights of this episode include footage of the Alhambra and Cordoba, Spain, which was the western jewel of Islam. Ali, the fourth Caliph, who was a co usin and son-in-law of Muhammad, was murdered b y some of his disgruntled followers. How co uld such a lengthy program that took us to three continents, covered more than a millennium of world history, shown the viewers a multiple of people in movement, as well as great architectural monuments, been realized through the mere contributions of viewers! He became the first caliph in the new dynasty that ruled the Islamic world from Baghdad for almost 500 years.