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Filmography - Islam: Fundamentalist Islam part 2 - including terrorism, Jihad, and anti-semitism

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2012

Fundamentalist Islam part 2 - including terrorism, Jihad, and anti-semitism

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:


Return of the Taliban. 2006.  1 videodisc (60 min.). " ... the lawless Pakistani tribal areas along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border ... reveals how the area has fallen under the control of a resurgent Taliban militia ... a launching pad for attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan ... the Taliban has claimed ... North and South Waziristan as Taliban republics ... off limits to U.S. troops ... Frontline investigates a secret front in the war on terror."--Container.  DVD 3151

The rock star and the mullahs Cultural tensions within Pakistan. 2003.  1 streaming video file (57 min.). Salman Ahmad, charismatic lead guitarist for the Pakistani rock group Junoon, has publicly advocated peace with India. Ahmad is also UNAIDS Special Representative. But a coalition of fundamentalist Islamic parties has made unexpected gains in Pakistani elections-evoking contrasts between liberals like Ahmad and hardliner mullahs who want to ban music. This Wide Angle report follows the artist as he journeys to the tolerant, ancient city of Lahore and the fundamentalist stronghold of Peshawar, revealing religious and political conflicts within the nuclear-armed Islamic republic. From this trip emerges a rich portrait of modern-day Pakistan, a pivotal nation in the war against terror. In addition, anchor Mishal Husain interviews Christina Rocca, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia. (57 minutes).  Streaming video

Salman Rushdie between the devil and the deep blue sea. 98.  Filmakers library online.  1 online resource (43 min.). This eloquent film on Salman Rushdie brings into sharp focus the conflict between freedom of expression and religious conservatism. The film opens with a short reading by Rushdie in his richly modulated voice from Haroun and the Sea, a book he wrote for his son a year after after he went into hiding. The film goes on to show the bookburnings and protests that Satanic Verses provoked thoughout Moslem communities all over the world, but most shockingly in Bradford, England.  Bradford is the Islamic capital of England. There are forty mosques and many Koranic schools. Many of its inhabitants support the fatwa of Ayotollah Komeini and express their disgust at the book. Rushdie reminds us that books do not injure people; one can always close a book if it offends. In response to being labeled blasphemous, he says "this is a crude, fascist term to shut people up." At a conference on censorship, secrecy and democracy, author Gunther Grass says "no one should claim a monopoly on the truth".  Streaming video;1646904

Somali warlords Strongmen in a fragile nation. 2008.  1 streaming video file (27 min.). Propelling their famine-wracked country into a downward spiral, power-hungry Somali leaders fought each other-until a new enemy, the United States, threatened their hold on precious food aid. This program examines the rise of the Somali warlords, primarily Mohamed Farrah Aidid, and the conflict that erupted between his followers and American military forces in 1993. Viewers will learn how mass starvation in the Horn of Africa prompted a UN and subsequent U.S. presence in Somalia, and how local, clan-based militias openly defied foreign intervention. Recounting the Battle of Mogadishu, infamous for its anti-American atrocities, the film also explores Islamist influences in Africa's stateless society.Distributed under license from BBC Worldwide. (27 minutes).  Streaming video

Somalia The neglected civil war. 2002.  Africa in the 21st Century: Filmakers library online.  1 online resource (49 min.). Independent since 1960, Somalia has seen virtually constant political upheaval. Chaos still reigns in the capital, Mogadishu, and throughout Somalia. Some eighty percent of the nation is under the power of guerrillas and local warlords. Taking advantage of the chaos, Islamic fundamentalist groups such as al Qaeda frequently infiltrate. Suspected to be the main financial source for al Qaeda, all assets in the al Barakaat bank, the country's main bank, were frozen and remittances from workers abroad to their families at home were stopped, which aggravated the confusion and deepened poverty in the nation. Finally, Somalia has become a target in the post-Afghanistan "war" against terrorism.  Streaming video;1652670

Struggle for the soul of Islam inside Indonesia. 2007.  1 videodisc (60 min.). An inside look at how a fledgling democracy is struggling to control the rise of religious extremism.  DVD 3029

Suicide bombers Inside the minds of failed martyrs. 2004.  1 streaming video file (57 min.). In a series of powerful and revealing interviews from inside Israeli prisons, this Wide Angle documentary examines the motives of Palestinian suicide bombers. A recruiter, a bomb builder, and three failed suicide bombers captured by Israeli security forces speak openly of their training, motivation, operational methodology, and profound belief in the idea of entering paradise as a shahid-a martyr for Islam. They discuss their hatred of Jews and Israel, their determination to die, and the personal motivations that have influenced them-including a failed love, a sense of personal revenge, the frustration of living under Israeli occupation, and envy for the prosperous Israeli lifestyle. In addition, Sari Nusseibeh, president of Al-Quds University, speaks with anchor Mishal Husain. (57 minutes).  Streaming video

The Taliban legacy. 2001.  Filmakers library online.  1 online resource (36 min.). This film brings to light the havoc created by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan where two million Afghans have fled their country, taking refuge in Pakistan. It shows the suffering of the people under Taliban rule, especially the Taliban s brutality towards their political opponents, their harsh treatment of women and their destruction of the ancient Buddha statues, actions condemned by the entire world. Included is a brief account of the war leading to the Taliban victory over the weak Islamic Republic. Of the two million Afghans now in Pakistan, one million live in refugee camps and another million are dispersed throughout that country. Representatives of the United Nations have been trying to improve the inhumane conditions in these camps but even U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan was forbidden from inspecting one of them as the situation is so bleak. Pakistan has refused to ameliorate the situation, insisting the refugees return to Afghanistan. Chaos has erupted on the border as hundreds of desperate Afghans try to cross the border every day.  Streaming video;1652622

Targeting terror. 2010.  1 streaming video file (29 min.). The war on terror requires greater cooperation among countries and a deeper understanding of terrorism's causes and manifestations. This program spotlights five nations caught in the crosshairs to examine regional history, terror-related issues, and counterterrorism actions: the U.S., post-9/11, where captured international terrorists have been handled by military rather than civilian courts; the U.K., where fighting the IRA has ultimately conferred little advantage to the country in its battle against the Islamic extremists in its midst; Germany and Japan, whose counterterrorism efforts are constitutionally constrained by their history as aggressors in World War II; and Colombia, a land of narcoterrorism where extradition to America has been the government's key anti-terror weapon. Some content may be objectionable. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production. A part of the series Global Issues. (29 minutes).  Streaming video

Witness to hate Reporting on al Qaeda. 2005.  1 streaming video file (22 min.). As Islamist extremists pumped bullets into BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, he looked into their faces and...saw pure hatred, ruthless hatred.Fluent in Arabic, respectful toward Islam, and very at home in Saudi Arabia, Gardner had been reporting on al Qaeda activity when he and his cameraman were gunned down. In this ABC News program, Gardner recounts with quiet courage the events of that terrible day and the challenges he has faced along the road to partial recovery. For insights into anti-Western feelings in the Middle East and a vivid first-person account of reporting the war on terror, this video is not to be missed. (22 minutes).  Streaming video

The Yemen option. 2004.  Filmakers library online.  1 online resource (35 min.). Yemen's strategic location at the crossroads of the Middle East has made it a haven for Islamic terrorists. Today it has become a clandestine battlefield critical to Washington's success in its "war on terror". After the overthrow of Afghanistan's Taliban regime in 2001, there were fears that Osama bin Laden would transform Yemen into his new base. It is the ancestral homeland of the bin Laden family and Al Qaeda's ranks were already full of Yemenis. More importantly, large sections of the country were outside the effective control of the government, ruled by heavily armed tribes sympathetic to Islamic extremists. For over three years a deadly yet largely unreported struggle has played out across the country, from arrests and assassinations on the ancient stone streets of Sana, the capital, to a planned missile strike in the desert by the CIA. Yemen s government has found a middle path between Washington s demand to seek out and destroy Al Qaeda, and the views of many Yemenis who are sympathetic to its ideals. It is called the "Yemen Option". The government denies terrorists the tools of their deadly trade, buying back weapons on the black market, no questions asked. We meet a captured member of Al Qaeda, a star recruit in the Yemen government s controversial rehabilitation program to release Al Qaeda members who renounce the movement. Despite American concerns, the "Yemen Option" appears to be working. Much time has now passed since the last major attack by Al Qaeda in Yemen, an extraordinary turnaround.  Streaming video;1650514