Documentary Section


Page Added on 4th July 2017….May Allah accept the effort and bless the Ummah.

1. BBC Documentary – An Islamic History Of Europe

In this 90-minute documentary, now showing in three 30-minute episodes, Rageh Omaar uncovers the hidden story of Europe’s Islamic past and looks back to a golden age when European civilisation was enriched by Islamic learning. Rageh travels across medieval Muslim Europe to reveal the vibrant civilisation that Muslims brought to the West. This evocative film brings to life a time when emirs and caliphs dominated Spain and Sicily and Islamic scholarship swept into the major cities of Europe. His journey reveals the debt owed to Islam for its vital contribution to the European Renaissance.

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2. BBC Documentary on Science and Islam by Jim Al Khalili

The programme on Science and Islam is presented by Jim Al-Khalili, a well known scientist himself. It is a one hour program. The show deals more specifically with the Islamic contribution to the progress of science and technology and shows how the Islamic world increased scientific knowledge between the 8th and 14th centuries.

Physicist Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries.

Its legacy is tangible, with terms like algebra, algorithm and alkali all being Arabic in origin and at the very heart of modern science –there would be no modern mathematics or physics without algebra, no computers without algorithms and no chemistry without alkalis.

For Baghdad-born Al-Khalili this is also a personal journey and on his travels he uncovers a diverse and outward-looking culture, fascinated by learning and obsessed with science. From the great mathematician Al-Khwarizmi, who did much to establish the mathematical tradition we now know as algebra, to Ibn Sina, a pioneer of early medicine whose Canon of Medicine was still in use as recently as the 19th century. He tells also the story of Al-Razi, who improved medical diagnosis and even attempted medical trials, and he finds out how cataract operations were done and visits one of the world’s first hospitals in Damascus.

When the Islamic Empire established itself, from the 7th century CE onwards, its rulers made gathering the world’s knowledge a top priority. Islamic scholars travelled the known world in search of mathematical, medical, astronomical and philosophical texts.

By the 8th and 9th centuries, the ruling elite of Baghdad organised regular debates between scholars. At these vibrant events, all kinds of ideas, often from other civilisations and cultural traditions, were debated, discussed and even radically improved.

The scientific legacy of this extraordinary time lives on. Terms like algebra, algorithm and alkali, are all Arabic in origin and are at the heart of modern science.

The story thus told pieced together a remarkable story of the often-overlooked achievements of the early medieval Islamic scientists.

3.  Historic Al Hambra – Muslim Spain

Enjoy the panoramic views as you go on a VIRTUAL WALKING TOUR of Alhamra historical complex in Spain, a monument of immense historical importance in the history of the Muslim World.

Click: Virtual Walking Tour – Amazing

4. The Suleimaniye Mosque, Turkey

Enjoy an excellently picturised show on Istanbul’s historical and architectural masterpiece, the world famous Sulaimaniyyah Mosque in Turkey. You will have the feeling as if you are inside the mosque!

Click: Virtual Walking Tour

5. The historical Al Aqsa Mosque

Watch an amazing picturesque video on Masjid al Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock. First go through the introduction and then proceed to the Virtual Walking Tour enjoying the panoramic scenes and knowing the history of Islam’s third most sacred site as well.

Click: Virtual Walking Tour

6. It’s time to herald the Arabic science that prefigured Darwin and Newton

Read this Guardian article by Physicist Jim al Khalili

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