Empires - Islam: Empire of Faith
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Between the fall of Rome and the European voyages of discovery, few events were more significant than the rise of Islam. Within a few centuries, the Islamic empires blossomed, projecting their power from Africa to the East Indies, and from Spain to India. Inspired by the words of the Prophet Muhammed, and led by caliphs and sultans, this political and religious expansion remains unequaled in speed, geographic size and endurance.
Islam: Empire of Faith is narrated by Academy AwardÂ®-winning actor Ben Kingsley. The three-hour program tells the spectacular story of the great sweep of Islamic power and faith during its first 1,000 years â¹ from the birth of the Prophet Muhammed to the peak of the Ottoman Empire under the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent. Historical re-enactments 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 importance of early Islamic civilization. Increasingly, scholars and historians are recognizing the profound impact that Islamic civilization has had on Western culture and the course of world history.
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As I said in another review, these documentaries are great train rides through history. You see many things but really nothing. These documentaries need to stop and let the viewer look and savor the the local literary, social and political climate. Perhaps a dvd documentary on the life of Mohammend would have been a better two hour documentary. I'm not encouraged to purchase any more of this series by PBS.
A comparison of good creative cinematics would be the History Channel's The Story of Us. It is meant to educate AND entertain. That is what kids expect nowadays, and it keeps student attention.