Love and Faith (1961)
"Wa Islamah" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 102 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 2 critic

Add a Plot


(story), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Nasser 56 (1996)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The life of Gamal abd El-nasser the Egyptian leader

Director: Mohamed Fadel
Stars: Ahmed Zaki, Fardous Abdel Hamid, Hassan Hosny
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

This compelling tale of love and betrayal, set in the upper Egyptian countryside, follows the story of Amna as she plots her revenge on the engineer who destroyed her family's honor.

Director: Henry Barakat
Stars: Faten Hamama, Ahmed Mazhar, Amina Rizk
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based in British occupied Egypt, Ibrahim (Omar Sharif), a member of the resistance, seeks refuge in the house of a politically passive family after killing the prime minister for his acts of treason.

Director: Henry Barakat
Stars: Rushdy Abaza, Zahret El Ola, Hussein Riad
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This magnificently madcap comedy classic stars Egyptian film legends Tahiya Karioka and Emad Hamdi as Zeinab and Hussein, overworked parents who get little relief from the never ending ... See full summary »

Director: Atef Salem
Stars: Taheya Cariocca, Imad Hamdi
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Hamam is a poor Arabic language teacher who gets sacked from a girls' elementary school for not being able to control mischievous students. He feels pessimistic about everything in life,but... See full summary »

Director: Anwar Wagdi
Stars: Naguib Al Rihani, Laila Mourad, Anwar Wagdi
Al karnak (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Aly Badrakhan
Stars: Farid Shawqi, Soad Hosny, Nour El-Sherif
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Surprise Hussein Omar, head of the projects department to transfer his wife Esmat director of the company construction works, hides pair fact marital relationship with the manager, but it ... See full summary »

Director: Fatin Abdel Wahab
Stars: El-Deif Ahmed, Youssef Chaban, Adel Imam
The Tough (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Salah Abouseif
Stars: Farid Shawqi, Taheya Cariocca, Zaki Rostom
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A corrupt mayor, who rules the village's people with power and injustice, forces another poor man's wife secretly to marry him in order to have a child.

Director: Salah Abouseif
Stars: Soad Hosny, Shukry Sarhan, Sanaa Gamil
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A down-to-earth, struggling taxi driver (Ramzi) discovers, by sheer chance, that his country's constitution grants him a share in the nation's entire public property. He proceeds to ... See full summary »

Director: Ahmed Nader Galal
Stars: Hani Ramzi, Hend Sabry, Esam Karika
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Salah Abouseif
Stars: Farid Shawqi, Omar Sharif, Amina Rizk
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Niazi Mostafa
Stars: Kouka, Farid Shawqi, Aïda Hilal


Credited cast:
Lobna Abdel Aziz ...
Jihad (as Lubna Abd el Aziz)
Ahmed Mazhar ...
Farid Shawqi ...
Rushdy Abaza ...
Prince Baybars (as Rushdy Aabza)
Imad Hamdi ...
Ezz El Din Aibak
Mahmoud El-Meliguy ...
Prince Aktai (as Mahmoud El-Meliguy)
Hussein Riad ...
Salam the Councelor
Taheya Cariocca ...
Queen Shagaret El Dor
Naima Wasfy ...
Aibak's First Wife
Zuzu Hamdi ...
Queen's Maid
Abbas Fares ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Carelli ...
Prince Aktai
Federico Chentrens
Mario Dionisi
Folco Lulli ...
Prince Aktai


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Drama | History | War


See all certifications »






Release Date:

20 October 1961 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Sword of Islam  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Italian/Egyptian peplum
5 December 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Well this is certainly an oddity if ever there was one, the first, and quite possibly only, Italian/Egyptian co-production, with an appropriate budget.

It would appear that there were two versions of the film shot simultaneously, one using an all-Egyptian cast-which is the only one currently available and the one reviewed here, and another version using the more familiar likes of Pampanini and Lulli in the leads but retaining the Egyptian supporting cast.

Don't let the title put you off, while there is mention of the Islamic religion and the female lead is named Jihad (solely so she can stand on a rock during the final battle shouting "to Jihad" it would appear), this is far less preachy and in your face about it's religion than many American and Italian productions like, say, Ben-Hur.

The storyline is downright ridiculous, but enjoyably so, mixing real-life events and characters with a couple of royal offspring, Jihad and Mahmoud, branded and sold into slavery as children for their own safety, then rediscovered years later as adults by the now blind protector who first sold them.

When the wicked Sultana Shagrat al-Durr (Cariocca) and her equally obnoxious suitors are assassinated in succession the throne is left open for Mahmoud (Mazhar) to conveniently step in just as the Mongols (here referred to throughout as taters!) are about to invade-an authentic event dating from 1260.

The Egyptian DVD release has been nicely restored, though the letterboxed print is slightly condensed, and it does contain English subtitles.

The acting is, for the most part, more controlled than in other Egyptian films of the period that I've seen, but still works better today for a western audience as camp comedy than historical tale.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Andrew Marton darrellmc
Discuss Love and Faith (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: