It is the second largest of the world's great religions, and the fastest growing. Its name comes from the word for peace, yet to many Westerners it is synonymous with terror. INSIDE ISLAM ... See full summary »

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It is the second largest of the world's great religions, and the fastest growing. Its name comes from the word for peace, yet to many Westerners it is synonymous with terror. INSIDE ISLAM lifts the veil of mystery surrounding a misunderstood faith. Trace its roots back to the Hebrew Bible and discover how the Five Pillars, the religion's central tenets, helped spread Islam to the far corners of the world. Find out what the Qu'Ran says about war, violence and suicide, and how these words have been co-opted by extremists. And hear from experts like Khaled Abou el Fadl (author of Speaking in God's Name), who explore the challenges facing Islam today, including a crisis of authority and deep divisions among many sects. Illuminating, important and objective, INSIDE ISLAM exposes the heart of a faith mired in controversy. Written by Anonymous

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one of the better Islamic documentaries
26 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

The History Channel's Inside Islam is about the history of Islam in the world. I've watched a few documentaries on Islam and found this one to be the most palatable. Some of the previous ones said things comparable to Islam inventing the internet. While there is no doubt in my mind that many great scholars would choose a religion as depicted in this film, I feel the film is one sided. It actually took to task the fact that Jews, Christians, and Muslims all pray to the same God, so their fighting each other is like brothers who won't talk to each other of some childish spat. I think they should have also compared the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic fundamentalist so it is also obvious that each church has their own zealots. A must watch for most Americans and people who know nothing about Islam but what the press tells them. On second thought, I'm not sure if anyone who trusts the press to get accurate information is intellectually mature enough to get anything out of this film.


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