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Islam, Empire of Faith [electronic resource]: The Messenger

Introducing the dramatic story of the rise of Islam and the life of the prophet Mohammad, this program 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 Mohammad and his followers to establish their new religion. Viewers learn how the religious, cultural, and political expansion of Islam overwhelmed the territorial control of Persia and Byzantium-creating a new empire that ranks among the largest in history.
Online
2001
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Islam, Empire of Faith [electronic resource]: The Awakening

Depicting the flowering of Islam into one of the great civilizations in history, this program shows how culture and goods flowed freely throughout the large empire, helping to spread Islamic principles and influencing the intellectual development of the West. Viewers learn how Arabic became the language of learning and how Islamic art, architecture, science, and medicine flourished. The film also tells the story of the Crusades and the recapture of Jerusalem by Saladin the Great, then describes the invasion of Islamic lands by the Mongols.
Online
2001
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Islam, Empire of Faith [electronic resource]: The Ottomans

Illustrating the dramatic transformation of Islam resulting from the Mongol invasion, this program explains how nomads enlisted by Muslims to fight the Mongols staked their own claims, became known as the Ottomans, and founded a new realm that expanded westward into Christian territories. Viewers learn how Suleiman the Magnificent shaped the Ottomans into a military powerhouse and an empire of extreme wealth and sophistication-threatening the Persian Safavids and the great power centers of Europe before falling victim to internal conflict.
Online
2001
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Kingdom of David: The Book and the Sword [electronic resource]

Returning to Jerusalem from Persian-controlled Babylon, a scribe named Ezra started a tradition that became a core aspect of Jewish life-reading and interpreting the scriptures. This program examines historical examples of Jewish responses to cultural and military threats-such as when Alexander the Great invaded the Middle East in 330 B.C. and when the Greek king Antiochus IV forbade the practice of Judaism, provoking the Maccabean revolt.
Online
2003
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Kingdom of David: By the Rivers of Babylon [electronic resource]

Unlike other cultures in Babylonian captivity, the ancient Judeans avoided extinction by compiling stories from their past. This program shows how those stories, which became the Hebrew Bible, helped to unite and inspire the Jewish people. In the process, the film profiles influential figures of Judaism: Abraham, progenitor of single-God worship; Moses, custodian of the Ten Commandments; and David, whose transgressions helped to clarify the universality of God's law.
Online
2003
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Kingdom of David: The End of Days [electronic resource]

With his invasion of Judea in 63 B.C., the Roman general Pompey began a brutal colonial conflict-prompting open rebellion as well as fierce debate among Jewish factions about their future. This program illustrates the impact of the ancient Roman occupation of the Holy Land: violence and suffering, including the sack of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple, while the seeds of two new religious traditions, rabbinical Judaism and Christianity, were sown.
Online
2003
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Kingdom of David: The Gifts of the Jews [electronic resource]

Beginning with 1st- and 2nd-century Judaism, this program examines the struggle to reinvent the religion of Moses and David after the Roman annihilation of the Temple. Viewers learn about a number of Jewish uprisings-including the Bar Kochba rebellion and the bloody retribution it triggered-as well as the eventual Jewish Diaspora in which millions fled to Europe, Africa, and Asia, carrying their culture and faith with them. The rise of Christianity is also studied.
Online
2003