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Promises and Betrayals: Britain and the Struggle for the Holy Land

This lucid film recounts the complicated history that led to the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. In the words of the former British Ambassador to Egypt, it is a story of intrigue among rival empires and of misguided strategies. It is often claimed that the crisis originated with Jewish emigration to Palestine and the foundation of the State of Israel. Yet the roots of the conflict are to be found earlier. In 1915, when the Allies were besieged on the Western front, the British wanted to create a second front against Germany, Italy and the Ottoman Empire. Turkish nationalism had spread to the rest of the Ottoman Empire and the British exploited this feeling. They promised Arab groups their own independent states, including Palestine. Secretly, the Allies planned [...]

Arabic Movie

So many Israelis still wax nostalgic about that old Friday afternoon ritual, back in the times when television had just one channel. Everyone would watch the Arab movie of the week, but did anybody ever wonder how Israel's official TV station was able to transcend hostile boundaries to obtain these films, and why it insisted on showing movies made by "the enemy"? The Arabic-language movie from Egypt let some of us escape back to our original homeland, and let others peek out from our "villa in the jungle" and catch a glimpse of our neighbors across the border. But most of us didn't really want to see the people whose culture, anguish, and aspirations were reflected on our screens. "Arab Movie" brings us the stars and the songs, the convoluted plots, and that fleeting moment when we s [...]
Clemons (Stacks)

Fuocoammare =: Fire at Sea

Samuele is twelve years old and lives on an island in the middle of the sea. He goes to school, and loves shooting his slingshot and going hunting. He likes land games, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women, and children who try to cross it to get to his island. But his is not an island like the others, its name is Lampedusa and it is the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last twenty years in search of freedom.
2017; 2016
Clemons (Stacks)

Seyyed Hossein Nasr: The Islamic Mind

A discussion with Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
1994; 1990
Ivy (By Request)

Edward Said on Orientalism

Based on Edward Said's influential book, On Orientalism, this engaging and lavishly illustrated video examines the context within which he conceived the book, as well as his cultural analysis of media representations of the Middle East and Islam. In a post-9/11 world, this video provides an indispensable perspective.
2014; 1998

Arabian Sands [electronic resource]

Looking at Wilfred Thesiger today, a dignified elderly Englishman, one would not suspect that he had been an adventurer and explorer in the tradition of T.E. Lawrence of Arabia. He grew up in Ethiopia, where his father was ambassador. From 1945-50, in the company of Bedouins he crossed the Arabian desert twice, including the "empty quarter" which had not been explored by outsiders. He revealed to the world the existence of tribes that were unknown, and mapped the Rub al Khali, now in Oman. This film is based on his published memoir (Arabian Sands), old photographs, archival footage of the desert tribes, and interviews with aging sheiks who recall the hardships of their journeys. Thesiger fulfilled his lifelong ambition to explore the desert and live among the Bedouin. Although he end [...]

Bisha: The Awesome Fire Test

Bedouin of the deserts of Arabia and the Middle East have developed a system of law and order called Haj El Orfi - The Law of Knowledge - which evolved from their harsh environment and has been passed down orally for generations. The Bisha ceremony is the ultimate ordeal for revealing the truth. Suspects lick a white-hot iron pan with their tongues. If they are scorched, it shows they are lying: if not, they have unequivocally proven their innocence. This film tells the stories of three individuals who choose to undergo the Bisha. One has been accused of handing over a tribesman to the Israeli Secret Service. One has been accused of murder, and one woman has been accused of adultery for which the penalty is death. She maintains her innocence and undergoes the Bisha in order to save h [...]

Focus on the Middle East

From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "The exotic Middle East, from India to the eastern end of Africa, plays the featured role in this week's chapter. Culled from over 15,000 feet of film, the program will describe how American Army Military Assistance Groups help train the soldiers of Ethiopia, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. Military Missions, or Aid Groups, started in Latin America in 1926. Today's Military Missions (known as MAAGs -- short for, Military Assistance Advisory Group) have evolved from models established in Greece and Turkey in 1949. MAAGs are designed to provide a direct link between the United States and its friends abroad who are in need of American know-how and skill in training their own soldiers. The members of a U.S. Army MAAG not only h [...]

Honorable Murder [electronic resource]

In many Middle Eastern countries, honor is so highly prized that it is considered more valuable than life itself. This program examines the code of conduct that makes each woman a sacred vessel of her family's honor-and the practice of atoning for any family member's breach of that code with her blood. Scholars, judges, and clergymen discuss the culturally sanctioned practice of "honorable murder," while fathers, brothers, and mothers talk about the communal pressure to adhere to the honor code and how the loss of daughters and sisters has affected their lives. Interviews with some of the "lucky" ones-women who were imprisoned rather than executed-are also included.
2005; 1998

Iran [electronic resource]: Departure Into the Unknown

In Iran, even laughter is considered sinful by the nation's strict Shiite regime. Yet after revolution and war, Iranians cherish hopes of a freer future. This program describes the impact of life in a modern fundamentalist society on Iran's diverse population, which includes Muslims, Christians, and Jews. It also spotlights the joyful celebration of Sizdah Bedar, which welcomes the spring; the incomparable Iranian crown jewels; monuments such as the magnificent palace of Shah Abas the First, the huge Imam Mosque, the ruins of Persepolis, and the wind towers of Nain; and the lifestyles of artisans, craftspeople, laborers, and students.
2007; 1998

Beyond Borders [electronic resource]: Arab Feminists Talk About Their Lives

In the Arab world, women are fighting a two-front war against repressive internal constraints and intrusive Western interference. In this program, a feminist delegation composed of author Nawal Saadawi and other renowned activists from the Middle East and North Africa gathers at the UN, on college campuses, and in church basements to speak out about the deterioration of women's rights in the Arab states in an effort to heighten awareness of the Arab feminist struggle for equality-and the effects of U.S. foreign policy on their efforts.
2006; 1999

A Common Heritage [electronic resource]

What can the Dead Sea Scrolls tell modern theologians about 1st-century Judaism and the roots of Christianity? Drawing on the experiences of Frank Moore Cross, of Harvard University; Emanuel Tov, chief editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project; James Charlesworth, of Princeton Theological Seminary; and other experts, this program describes the battle for open access to the scrolls while exploring the common heritage that links both faiths. In addition, Barbara Thiering airs her radical hypothesis. Footage of the Pope in Jerusalem and readings from the Dead Sea Scrolls Beatitudes and the Thanksgiving Scroll are included.
2006; 2000

Now With Bill Moyers [electronic resource]: Amal Amireh on Life in the Occupied West Bank

Amal Amireh is a Muslim Palestinian who lived in Ramallah most of her life. In this program, Dr. Amireh, currently a member of the English department at George Mason University, talks with Bill Moyers about the hardships of life under Israeli military occupation. "The occupation is not something abstract," she says; "it's something that affects people's lives daily. It's about's about water, about land, about jobs. That is what the occupation is." Suicide bombings and a two-state solution to the Palestinian/Israeli deadlock are also discussed.
2005; 2003

Wafa Idriss [electronic resource]: First Female Palestinian Suicide Bomber

Wafa Idriss was both a nurse with the Red Crescent and an anti-Israeli occupation activist. What motivated the 28-year-old to make her mark on history not as a healer, but as a martyr and a murderer? This program uses her story as a window into the simmering standoff that exists in the embattled West Bank. Through interviews, Wafa's mother and others who knew her express their surprise and dismay at her actions, while a Jewish victim's widow and al Fatah's Marwan Barghouti add their own particular perspectives. Footage of attacks and reprisals-and of Dareen abu Aisheh, inspired to become the second female Palestinian suicide bomber-underscores the desperation felt by many Palestinians.
2006; 2003

Isfahan Is Half the World [electronic resource]

During the 17th century, Abbas the Great renewed the city of Isfahan, turning the former Seljuk capital into a vast garden city of flowing water and lush vegetation. Although the shah is long deceased, his city is still an oasis in the desert, and the Imam Mosque has been a reassuring presence from his time until now. This program uses the restoration of the mosque's dome as a point of entry into the life of the city: the practice of Islam, the work of men who craft tiles and women who weave carpets, and the peoples who have made Isfahan a cosmopolitan center since the time of the Silk Road.
2006; 2002

Khomeini's Children [electronic resource]: Imprisoned Youth?

The generation of students who overthrew the Shah's regime in Iran some 25 years ago championed the synthesis of Islam with leftist ideologies. But today's generation has no direct recollection of that regime, and they regard it as one with greater personal liberties than they now enjoy. This program examines the present condition of those who grew up during Ayotollah Khomeini's Islamic Revolution, with particular emphasis on how these young people yearn for secular freedoms-drinking, dancing, dating-considered to be against the Islamic way of life. An insightful look at the real lives of Iran's generation X.
2006; 2004

Return of Allah [electronic resource]: Shiite Muslims in Iraq

This engrossing documentary provides a historical overview of Shiites' religious suppression in Iraq-spanning 13 centuries-then enters the heart of Iraq's holy cities to see how Shiites initially react to recent spiritual liberties. It gives firsthand accounts of Saddam Hussein's merciless campaign against Shiites in Karbala during the Gulf War, and highlights the power struggle in Najaf's religious council. In addition, Shiites in the former capital city of Samarra make pilgrimages to honor Imam Muhammad Hasan al-Askari, who they believe will soon return, and those in Baghdad defend the Kadhimiya Mosque from what they feel is a growing American interference.
2006; 2003

News From the Holy Land [electronic resource]: Theory and Practice of Reporting Conflict

Is Western media coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict hindering the peace process? This hard-hitting program says yes, arguing that news reports focusing on violence without sufficiently addressing the causes promote bias and polarize public opinion. Examples of TV news stories that could provide a more accurate reflection of what is taking place in Israel and the West Bank-and, by extension, anywhere a vicious cycle of violence exists-are featured. An excellent jumping-off point for a deeper understanding of the complexities and nuances of TV journalism and the ongoing violence in the Holy Land.
2006; 2004

Birth of a Nation [electronic resource]: The Acquisitions and Achievements of the Achaemenid Empire

At its height, the Achaemenid Empire of ancient Persia embraced all previous civilized states of the ancient Near East-a multinational empire without precedent. This program presents the history of the First Persian Empire, with particular attention paid to the historic architecture of the period's major cities and palaces. Insights into the development of the region by rulers such as Cyrus the Great, Darius the Great, and Xerxes are offered. The ruins of royal residences are also emphasized, and explanations of the architecture and reliefs of palaces, including the Hall of Apadana and Tacara, provide a historical backdrop to the program.
2010; 2009

Renaissance of Glory [electronic resource]: The Rise and Fall of the Sassanid Empire

The rule of the Sassanid Empire of ancient Persia was characterized by considerable centralization, ambitious urban planning, agricultural development, and technological improvements. This program reveals the history of the Second Persian Empire, with a focus on the architecture of the royal palaces and religious temples of the period. The rise of the Sassanids through Ardeshir e Babakan, the important role of Zoroastrianism during the duration of the empire, and the reigns of Shapur I and Anushirvan are recounted. Throughout the program, special attention is given to the ancient ruins and bas-reliefs of the period, such as Ardeshir's palace and the city of Shapur.
2010; 2009