Inspired by the words of a prophet, and led by Caliphs and Sultans, this political and religious expansion has not been equaled in speed, geographic size, and endurance before or since. Indeed, it was a truly sanitized biography! While Christians considered Aristotle and Plato blasphemous, Muslim scholars studied and admired the Greek philosophers. But the rapid success of their conquests was not exclusively due to the Byzantium had been in violent conflict for several d ecades. Just three weeks prior to the airing of this program, the same had hardly begun before we were told that one fourth of mankind were followers of Islam. Thus, no criticism may be leveled against them. Islam, followed by more than a billion people today, is the world's fastest growing religion and will soon be the world's largest.
Others are reformers, who reinterpret Islamic traditions in support of elective forms of government. Nomads enlisted by Muslims to fight the Mongols stake their own claims, and become known as Ottomans. The episode ends with the devastating invasion of Islamic lands by the Mongols. But non-Muslims may not and should not claim any right to re-conquer what once was their own homeland! T o this very day , in the eyes of Muslims, their conquests were divinely mandated. 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. Evocative reenactments and a remarkable exposition of Islamic art, artifacts, and architecture are combined with interviews of scholars from around the world to recount the rise and glory of early Islamic civilization.
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? Through trade and learning, the Islamic influence extended further. 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. . One month later it had a change of heart and aired the anti-Catholic film. 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. Highlights of this program include footage from old Constantinople and from Istanbul, marvelous Islamic architecture, and mosaics and paintings portraying historical events. In commenting on this documentary in the.
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. Culture and goods flow freely throughout a large empire. Louis University, and Walter B. 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. Highlights of this episode include footage of the Alhambra and Cordoba, Spain, which was the western jewel of Islam. That inflated number alerted me right away that I was watching a piece of propaganda piece of history.
Ali, the fourth Caliph, who was a co usin and son-in-law of Muhammad, was murdered b y some of his disgruntled followers. The rapid religious, cultural, and political expansion of Islam overwhelms the empires of Persia and Byzantium, creating a new empire larger than Rome. Of the four Caliphs that succeeded Muhammad after 632, three were assassinated. As Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley explains, a key successful aspect of the Ottoman method of expansion was to leave in place the clerks -- the bureaucracy -- of the conquered territories. But it is not an attitude that has no legitimate and reasonable foundation.
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. The Sunni Ottoman regime had more trouble from their rival Safavid Dynasty of Shiite Muslims than from their vanquished Christian subjects. Beginning in the 1970s and 1980s Islam remerged as a potent political force, associated with both reform and revolution. This is a preposterous claim. There are also substantial Muslim populations in Europe and North America, whether converts or immigrants who began arriving in large numbers in the 1950s and 1960s.
Details in the life of the Prophet that may offend W estern viewers were totally left out. However, it was spiked because it depicted Islamist terrorists as not being representative of Muslims! This episode also tells the story of the Crusades and describes the recapture of Jerusalem by Saladin the Great. They had exhausted their resources and bankrupted their treasuries in that rivalry. Still there are others who reject democracy entirely. I have lived a good deal of m y life in the Middle East.
I loved every bit of this documentary, I was really eager to know the genesis and the expansion of Islam. In keeping with tradition, the two main branches of Islam today are. So, they were no longer able to subsidize the Arabized kingdoms on the borders of the Arabian Peninsula that had kept the Bedouin tribes in their homeland. 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. Islamic principles and influence are spread further, affecting the intellectual development of the West.