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The Story of Islam

2.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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In the year 600 A.D. a wind swept across the Arabian Desert where, in a little town called Mecca, an illiterate orphan named Muhammad came to be the seal of the prophets to whom the Word of God was revealed- and the world was changed forever. As did Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus, Muhammad was sent as a mercy to mankind calling to the Oneness of God. This one man’s message now claims over one billion people across the planet all testifying to the same basic principle. However, it is a faith more misunderstood than any other.

This brilliantly produced film takes us on a journey through The Story of Islam, from its humble beginnings to what it has grown to today. We are introduced to the culture, philosophy and staples of the Islamic faith, which is rapidly being embraced by many in the West. If you are not familiar with the principles of Islam, this film will provide a strong foundation to your understanding of this all-encompassing way of life.


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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WPE8PQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,337 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J. Hall on August 17, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I'm not Muslim, and don't know as much about Islam as other reviews seem to. What I do know is that this is not a very interesting video. I got it to use with 6th graders studying the origins of Islam. I found only about a 7 minute segment which was usable in a classroom setting. The rest was very tedious and just plain boring. (I usually show 15-25 minutes of documentary video, which is all that holds their attention at that age. But it was hard to get then to sit through just 7 minutes of this.) I got rid of it after using it one year, and have ordered a PBS video on Islam which will hopefully work out better.
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This video is a very good video, providing a good historical framework of the religion. Though the video is dated and is obviously a remake of 1970's film, it still provides a wonderful explaination of Islamic history.
Though it occassionally gives inaccurate information, (ie claiming Prophet Muhammad learned about Monotheism from Christians and Jews during his travels) the inaccurancies are not as significant as the information it does give about ISLAM.
Since it is a Western based historical account, the video holds some Eruo-centric assumptions, but is a wonderful example worthy of being an introduction to non-Muslims, since it is not published by Muslims, but rather non-Muslims.
I was quite surprised by it's depth since it went way beyond the Arab cultures. I encourage others to consider this video in their resource library.
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I had flashbacks of school where the teacher would turn the lights out, the reels would start spinning and you know you're just minutes away from dreamland. This video was made in the 70s and although it was probably pretty good at the time...it definetly looks dated! I think the info is probably still accurate, but it didn't keep my attention...I still haven't finished it?!
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The worst documentary I have ever watched!
Besides the fact that it's dated, all it does is glorify the, expansionist, movement of the islamic people across the world. This is the same thing Alexander the Great did, the Romans, the Mongols, etc. The biggest difference seemed to be the islams said it was in the name of their God. Everyone else at least admitted it was for power, and conquest.
There was very little information about the islamic faith.
A complete waste of time.
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I found this to be a lively, informative, reflective and carefully constructed documentary on Islam. I am planning to use it in a college world history course I teach. All but one of the reviewers slams it for not being the kind of film that THEY would have made on this controversial topic. One reviewer was a middle school teacher disappointed that the material didn't fly with her 6th graders. The contradictions in the other reviews are breathtaking. One Israeli saw it as pro-Islamic propaganda. The others, clearly Muslim fundamentalists, attacked the film because it didn't present their picture of Islam. If you don't share the concerns of these reviewers, buy this video; you'll probably like it.
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This is a very objective and somehow acurate representation of mainstream islam
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By Mumin on October 14, 2010
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Not really what I was looking for. I'm sure that in it's time it was a Master piece, but, now a days we just need more info.
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