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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