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Islam: Empire of Faith (2000)

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People in the bazaar are speaking in Farsi (Persian). See more »

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The final episode states that Suleiman died in 1561. Since he ordered what is now known as the (Great) Siege of Malta in 1565, this is clearly wrong. His generally accepted date of death is 1566. See more »

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Great Documentary Overall
15 December 2013 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

"The Making of Islam: Empire of Faith" provided me with great insight into the faith of Islam. It was filmed and photographed beautifully, complementing the subject matter perfectly. The documentary depicted how the strength of the faith- a worldwide power grounded in spirituality, brought an empire together and united many people across three continents. This provided a secular perspective rather than solely a religious one, so it was interesting to learn about the religion in this context. It goes from the genesis of the religion, to the Crusades, and finally to the prosperous years under the reign of Suleiman the Great. Although the movie didn't exactly touch on contemporary issues of Islam (It stopped in the 16th century), I think it is an eye-opening documentary for those who don't know much about the religion, or who have been influenced only by western propaganda and news of Islamic terrorism. Another thing I found particularly interesting is how so many tribes within the peninsula that were previously isolated united under the banner of Islam, launching a huge, powerful, community tied solely in faith. This was due to the fact that Muhammad brought a sense of solidarity and a sense of mission that united all these different people. I think that this really shows the power that religion has on uniting people together, and reiterates the point that collective human power reigns over all. However, there was another thing that I felt that was missing from the documentary besides a contemporary view of the religion. I feel like the documentary was a little biased, or at least cherry-picking of it's information and pictures. It didn't really discuss the sometimes violent, gruesome aspects of conquest. Overall, I really enjoyed this informative documentary, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about Islam in a historical context- to learn more about how it developed to be one of the biggest religions in the world today. In fact, I think it is especially great for those who don't know very much about the religion in the first place.


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