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9/11 Through Saudi Eyes [electronic resource]

In this program, a broad cross-section of Saudis-parents and neighbors of the accused hijackers, editors of Arab News and Asharq Al Awasat, political and military analysts, a psychologist, and others-give their perceptions of events and issues involving September 11th. Interviews provide background on and insights into the lives and minds of the alleged hijackers, the recruitment practices of al Qaeda, the co-opting of jihad for militant political ends, Osama bin Laden's cult of personality, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and frustration over U.S. foreign policy. This video, the first documentary to scrutinize 9/11 from the Saudi perspective, is a powerful learning tool for students of political science, the Middle East, and Islam.
2005; 2002

Acts of Courage and Healing

Eight Muslim Americans living in Colorado with family histories from eight separate Muslim-majority countries, share their personal stories. They describe incidents of Islamophobia, as well as the healing processes they have experienced in their workplaces, in their neighborhoods, and through supportive organizations.

An Afghan American Family Story

Jamshid and Huma Ebadi both came to the United States as young children with their families from Afghanistan under harrowing circumstances. As adults, with a young family of their own, they now live in a suburb of Denver, CO. Hear their stories of love, compassion, and of hope.

Afghanistan [electronic resource]: Girl Power!

I think when you are born a woman in Afghanistan, says Kabul native Noorjahan Akbar, "you are taught every day to hate yourself." But, as this film illustrates, Akbar is in no danger of falling into that self-hatred trap. The youthful activist counsels victims of misogynist brutality and has helped establish Young Women for Change, an organization dedicated to improving the lives and human rights of Afghan women. The documentary also features a profile of Trudi-Ann Tierney, an Australian producer who creates shows for Kabul's Tolo TV network. Tierney's difficulties in promoting a progressive image of women, and even in ensuring the safety of female performers, echo the ongoing hurdles Afghanistan faces as a torn and violent nation.

After the Rape [electronic resource]: Mukhtar Mai Seeking Justice in Pakistan

Mukhtar Mai was gang-raped, but it wasn't considered a crime; it was a sentence handed down by a Pakistani tribal council-a punishment for the alleged indiscretions of her younger brother. This ABC News program confronts the council's decision, a ruling declared an outrage by a local imam and others, while introducing the courageous woman who chose to defy custom and fight for justice in the Pakistani courts. Includes commentary by Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and professor of international relations at American University in Washington, D.C.
2006; 2005

Alaa Al Aswany [electronic resource]

In the early years of his dental practice, Alaa Al Aswany had an office in Cairo's deteriorating Yacoubian Building-eventually turning his experiences there into a successful novel by the same title. This interview with the Egyptian author highlights his views on social issues affecting the Islamic world as well as his attitudes towards literature and the West. Guiding viewers through his favorite haunts, past and present, among the streets of Cairo, Al Aswany addresses several topics-including the 2005 Danish cartoon controversy, the damage caused by stereotypes, and the author's belief that dictatorship, not fundamentalism, is the "disease" which Egypt and other Islamic nations must cure.
2009; 2008

America's First Muslims

Contrary to what many might think, Islam is far from new to America. Lisa meets 3 very different African American Muslims and learns about the power of Islam to reshape lives in the black community, a community that can trace its connection to Islam back to the very first days of slavery.
2019; 2017

The American Muslim Experience

School Principal Safaa Zarzour says of his Muslim school: “Our vision and our dream is that there is something that is called American Muslim identity forming for those kids—just like any other religious or ethnic group.” Most immigrant and minority groups face the challenge of balancing the sometimes conflicting demands of faith and traditional culture with the pressures to assimilate into modern American society. This module explores that inherent conflict.
2018; 2004

American Muslim Teens Talk

This video features nine teens in a refreshing, first-person look at modern Muslim American youth who illustrate the diversity that is Islam.They are African-American, American Caucasian, Middle Eastern, from the Asian subcontinent, and Africa. Moderated by Alex Kronemer, one of the producers of PBS’s Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, participants engage in a lively and honest conversation about fitting in, prayer, misunderstandings, dress, fun, drinking, dating, and parents. The video is intended for use in classrooms, youth groups, and other settings specializing in cultural education.
2018; 2004

Authority and Change [electronic resource]

What is a fatwa? Who is qualified to issue one? What is the role of traditional scholars in the Muslim world today? Egypt today is a battleground between liberal and radical Muslims, as the secular state and traditional scholars are being challenged by more militant forces. In this program, Sheikh Syed Tautavi, Mufti of Egypt, explores these and other vital questions that underlie current developments in Egypt and elsewhere in the Islamic world.
2006; 1993

A Balloon for Allah [electronic resource]

As a child, Norwegian-Turkish filmmaker Nefise Lorentzen sent balloon letters to Allah - messages filled with all manner of questions and concerns. Still looking for answers today, she sets out to examine the status of women within Islam. Traveling to Cairo, Istanbul, and Oslo, Lorentzen has tea with Egyptian feminist Nawal El Saadawi, finds inspiration in the life of 90-year-old author Gamal Al-Banna, conducts an eye-opening interview with a fundamentalist cleric, and searches out her grandmother's Sufi-influenced spiritual path, which steered clear of extremism and male dominance. As Lorentzen struggles through this maze, she finds that some questions extend beyond Islam and that there is a link between the three Abrahamic religions and the oppression of women.

The Battle for Myanmar’s Buddhist Spirit

In Myanmar, different groups of Buddhist monks are battling with how to deal with the country’s minority Muslim population. While some advocate peace, others, such as the extremist Ma Ba Tha, incite hatred and violence. In this film, The Guardian investigates how the monks’ actions are threatening to destabilize the country’s newly established democracy.
2018; 2017

Behind the Veil [electronic resource]: Afghan Women Under Fundamentalism

For women living in Afghanistan under repressive Taliban rule, beatings, rape, and enslavement were commonplace occurrences. This gripping program, filmed during the Taliban's regime, describes the massive human rights abuses that escalated after the withdrawal of Soviet forces, as seen through the eyes of women who survived years of rampant gender and religious intolerance. Resistance activities carried out by women's groups inside the country are also documented, as they fought for freedom and democracy.
2005; 2001

Beliefs and Practices

Michael Wolfe summarizes Muhammad’s teachings, saying, “He tells them to be good to each other, and not to violate each other’s rights. For men and women to treat each other humanely...” These are universal values that most people living in the West would also proclaim. This module explores the differences between American ways or Western ideology and Islamic values.
2018; 2004

Bill Moyers Journal: An American Recession? / Anouar Majid on Dissent

Could we see a repeat of the 1929 stock market crash? Bill Moyers talks with two veteran market watchers—William H. Donaldson, former chairman of both the SEC and the NYSE, and Robert Kuttner, longtime Business Week columnist and cofounder of The American Prospect magazine—about the current economic landscape and the risks of financial industry deregulation. Also on the program: author Anouar Majid, who discusses the need for greater intellectual diversity among Muslims in his most recent book, A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent Is Vital to Islam and America. An excerpt from a previous interview with Doris Lessing, recent winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, is also included. Broadcast date: October 12, 2007. (58 minutes)
2016; 2007

Bioethics Across Cultures: The Case of Pakistan

Farhat Moazam, M.D. (Quaid-e-Azam Professor of Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Associate Dean for Postgraduate Education, Aga Kahn University, Karachi, Pakistan) spoke on the influence of cultural and social milieu on the approach to medical ethics. She presented cases from her experience in Pakistan which illustrated the influence of family as the fundamental social unit and Islam as the moral authority. Gertrude Fraser, Ph. D. (Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Virginia) summarized with a critique of bioethics approaches, a call for more research, and a question regarding developing a cutural bioethics or a complete transformation of bioethics approaches.
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)

Bishar Blues: Song of the Fakirs

Travelling almost 3000 kms. across West Bengal, the film follows Fakirs, examining their music and their deeply spiritual everyday life as a living practice of radical syncretism. Bishar, the deviant branch of Islam, practiced largely by lower castes, does not sacralise shariat. Fakirs, the practitioners of Bishar, all agree on Allah, the Prophet. and the Koran. But then they go on to freely interpret them and the relationship between the three, creating a multi-textured mythology of Islam without the official sanction of any centralized authority. Every individual Fakir gives his own twist to the tale. The variations are endless yielding to the nation that man himself is the ultimate mythology.
Clemons (Stacks)

Bloody Cartoons [electronic resource]: Freedom of Expression and the Clash of Cultures

In 2005, a handful of Danish cartoons sparked a worldwide debate over freedom of expression-and the freedom to express religious outrage. Was a violent Islamic backlash against caricatures of the prophet Mohammed justified? Can democracy and fundamentalism coexist in the global community? This program travels to Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Qatar, and Turkey, as well as to France and Denmark, in search of answers. Viewers will encounter a wide array of perspectives from influential figures-such as Raed Hlayhel, the Danish Imam who moved to Lebanon to spearhead protests; Sheikh Yusef al-Qaradawi, the al-Jazeera Islamic televangelist who called for a "day of anger" against the cartoons; and leading staff members of newspapers that published them.
2009; 2008

Breaking the Wall of Religious Public Opinion [electronic resource]: How the Study of Interfaith Cross-Pollination in the Islamicate World Can Uncover Common Ground

In a world characterized by borders between religions, can academia transcend them to find common ground? This 2010 Falling Walls lecture video explores the question in a Middle Eastern context. Sabine Schmidtke argues that an open mind in research can significantly contribute to shaping a less biased and more refined public opinion. Schmidtke, a leading scholar in Islamic studies and sectional editor of theology and philosophy for the Encyclopedia of Islam, aims to trace a cultural and intellectual commonality between Muslims, Jews, and Christians in one of the most conflict-prone regions in the world. She is a recipient of the World Prize for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2002 and the European Research Council Advanced Grant in 2008.

The Bridge [electronic resource]: How Islam Saved Western Medicine

While it is true that the Greeks invented philosophy, mathematics, and science, it is equally true that after the fall of the Roman Empire, throughout the Dark Ages, much knowledge was preserved by Islamic cultures who later passed it back to the West. This program uses footage shot in the Aegean, Middle East, Iran, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany to explore the process by which medical knowledge was passed on. Throughout the program, the brilliant medieval world of Islam is revealed. Monuments, historical sites and personalities, libraries and universities woven into scenes of everyday Islamic life paint a colorful, vivid picture of the period. This revealing documentary reinforces our debt to the Islamic world and clarifies history.
2005; 1996