Not many people know that Kingsley is a Muslim born to an Indian Muslim Father and British Mom. Arabic becomes the language of learning, and achievements in art, architecture, science, and medicine flourish. Given the large number of adherents, it is no surprise that Muslims incorporate a broad and diverse spectrum of positions in regard to liberalism and democracy. At the same time, the golden age was not so bright and beautiful! Eventually , in 750 this Damascus based Caliphate came to an abrupt end in a horrible blood bath. W estern scholars seldom show such an attitude toward Christianity. 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. Ali, the fourth Caliph, who was a co usin and son-in-law of Muhammad, was murdered b y some of his disgruntled followers.
Denny of the University of Massachusetts. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley. 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. 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. 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.
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. Of the four Caliphs that succeeded Muhammad after 632, three were assassinated. Furthermore, I do have the credentials to make an assessment of this documentary. 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. They had exhausted their resources and bankrupted their treasuries in that rivalry. The film even depicted Islamic tenets as though they were historical facts. 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.
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. Highlights of this episode include footage of the Alhambra and Cordoba, Spain, which was the western jewel of Islam. Others are reformers, who reinterpret Islamic traditions in support of elective forms of government. Also the narration by Ben Kingsley is phenomenal. Islamic principles and influence are spread further, affecting the intellectual development of the West.
But it is not an attitude that has no legitimate and reasonable foundation. Thus, no criticism may be leveled against them. I have read Arabic books written by Muslim scholars and intellectuals that were far more objective than what I was watching. The Muslim world has, at the most, one billion adherents. Indeed, it was a truly sanitized biography! The world population today is around six billion. T o this very day , in the eyes of Muslims, their conquests were divinely mandated.
Islam was a defining force against which the West pushed-in war, trade, and religion. The Caliphs of this era, now belonging to the Sunni division of Islam, bore a fierce hostility to the family of Ali. 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. 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. For anyone and everyone to know the history and the truth , i highly recommend. But this is not the whole story. The most populous Muslim countries are Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India.
One month later it had a change of heart and aired the anti-Catholic film. In commenting on this documentary in the. While Christians considered Aristotle and Plato blasphemous, Muslim scholars studied and admired the Greek philosophers. Some are secularists who want to disengage religion from politics. 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. 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. The rapid religious, cultural, and political expansion of Islam overwhelms the empires of Persia and Byzantium, creating a new empire larger than Rome.
But the rapid success of their conquests was not exclusively due to the Byzantium had been in violent conflict for several d ecades. Highlights include re-enactments of battles and commentary by numerous scholars, including Jonathan Bloom of Boston College, Islamic art historian Esin Atil, Michael Sells of Haverford College, John Renard of St. 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. This is a preposterous claim. Beginning in the 1970s and 1980s Islam remerged as a potent political force, associated with both reform and revolution.