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Filmography - Islam: Historical Islam part 2 – including Moorish Spain

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2012

Historical Islam part 2 – including Moorish Spain

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2012. 

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible.  All DVDs listed below are located in Media Services on the Lower Level of Bender Library. To search the library’s complete videos holdings on biology topics (including VHS tapes) keyword searches in the library catalog will be necessary:


The role of the prophet Muhammad. 2004.  1 streaming video file (27 min.). Unlike the founders of Christianity and Judaism, much is known about the life of Muhammad, enabling Muslims to closely emulate him. This program featuring Islam scholars Ibrahim Kalin and Amina Wadud and Beeson Divinity School's Timothy George examines the life of Muhammad in detail. From his birth in 570 to his death in 630, it covers key experiences both before and after his transformation to the prophet of Islam. Highlights include Muhammad's early career and marriage to Khadija, the revelations that form the Quran, the establishing of Islam, his miraculous journey to heaven via Jerusalem, the first hajj, and his battles against the Meccans. (27 minutes).  Streaming video


Roman and Islamic Spain. 2004.  1 streaming video file (53 min.). Iberia, Hispania, Al-Andalus-successive names for a crucible of ancient cultures, world powers, and major religions. This program explores World Heritage sites corresponding to Spain's deep-rooted Roman and Islamic influences. With stunning visuals of the aqueduct at Segovia, the Mesquita Mosque in Cordova, Granada's Alhambra Palace, and other magnificent locations, the program vividly illustrates the ebb and flow of two empires prior to the Christian reconquista of the peninsula. Informative narration complements a progression of architecture and engineering that clearly illustrates the sophistication of both cultures. (53 minutes).  Streaming video


The secrets of the human body Islam's contributions to medicine. 1999.  1 streaming video file (27 min.). This program investigates the practice of medicine during the Abbasid Caliphate, offering profiles of Jurjis ibn Jibrail, personal doctor to Caliph al-Mansur; Yuhanna ibn Masawayh, head of Caliph al-Ma'amun's House of Wisdom; Rhazes, whose Kitab al-hawi outlines an exemplary clinical approach; Avicenna, universally known for his Canon of Medicine; and Abul Qasim al-Zahrawi, the father of modern surgery. The Islamic concern with the relationship between the body and the soul is also discussed, as is the founding of hospitals, one of the great achievements of Islamic society. (Portions in French with English subtitles, 27 minutes)  Streaming video

The Spanish reconquista. 2004.  1 streaming video file (53 min.). Beginning with the eighth-century defeat of Islamic forces in the Asturian mountains, this program traces the gradual return of Christian rule to Spain. Breathtaking depictions of World Heritage sites guide viewers along the Route of Santiago de Compostela-a Christian pilgrimage that catalyzed the struggle against Islamic control-as well as strategically important cities, including Toledo, Avila, and the last Muslim stronghold to fall, Granada. The historical narrative explains how smaller kingdoms merged to form more powerful unions, leading to the alliance of Castille y Leon and Aragon and, ultimately, the creation of a single Christian nation. (53 minutes).  Streaming video


They surveyed the world Exploring the Arab Empire and beyond. 99.  1 streaming video file (27 min.). During the 10th century, people routinely journeyed from one end of the huge Arab empire to the other-and even into non-Islamic lands far to the north and the east. Who were these travelers, and what did they seek? This program captures what it was like to be a pilgrim in a caravan bound for Mecca, an official carrying out the Caliph's orders, a scholar seeking knowledge, a merchant in search of new markets, and an explorer charting the seas. Some of the era's most memorable personalities-the mathematician al-Khuwarizmi, the chronicler Abul Hasan Ali al-Mas'udi, the cartographer Abu al-Qasim Muhammad ibn Hawqal-are profiled. (Portions in French with English subtitles, 27 minutes).  Streaming video


Ulema and philosophers Faith vs. reason in Islamic Arabia. 99.  1 streaming video file (26 min.). By replacing paganism with monotheism and tribal life with empire-building, the Arabs of the Umayyad and Abbasid dynasties effected a complete paradigm shift in their worldview. This program studies the codification of Islamic law and assimilation of non-Arab texts-and the ensuing competition between the ulema, or doctors of the law, and the philosophers, who saw reason as an equal to divine enlightenment. The contributions of key figures, including the Caliph al-Ma'amun, Yaqub ibn Ishaq al-Kindi, Abu al-Nasr al-Farabi, Avicenna, Muhammad ibn Tufayl, and Averroes, are also examined. (Portions in French with English subtitles, 26 minutes).  Streaming video


Ye gods Religion and art. 2007.  1 streaming video file (49 min.). This program considers the debt Western civilization owes to paganism, Christianity, and Islam, showing how each religion has influenced the other and how the art of all three continues to exert an effect on the world. Highlighting the lifelike sculptures of ancient Greece that celebrate what it is to be human; the primitive daubs in Roman catacombs, shimmering Byzantine mosaics, and Renaissance crucifixion scenes; and the dazzling arabesques of Egyptian, Turkish, and Spanish mosques, Matthew Collings points out the common humanity underlying three significantly different worldviews. Original broadcast title: Ye Gods. (49 minutes).  Streaming video