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Der Weg nach Mekka - Die Reise des Muhammad Asad (2008)

Der Weg nach Mekka - Die Reise des Muhammad Asad is a movie starring Muhammad Asad, Samuel Honigman, and Martin Goldenberg. In the early 1920s the Austrian Leopold Weiss left his Jewish roots behind, converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Asad. He became one of the most important Muslims of the 20th... See full summary »

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Muhammad Asad ... Himself (archive footage)
Samuel Honigman ... Himself
Martin Goldenberg ... Himself
Adnan Ibrahim ... Himself
Omar Al Rawi ... Himself
Abu Moussa ... Himself
Arnon Soffer ... Himself
Al-Gamah ... Himself
Abdul Rahman Al-Shubeiri ... Himself
Ahmed Zaki Yamani ... Himself
Ikram Chayhatai ... Himself
Talal Asad ... Himself (as Prof. Talal Asad)
Mohse Ruthven ... Himself
Sonia Muyal ... Herself
Rachel Muyal ... Herself
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In the early 1920s the Austrian Leopold Weiss left his Jewish roots behind, converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Asad. He became one of the most important Muslims of the 20th century, first as an advisor at the royal court of Saudi Arabia, and later translating the Koran into English. Asad was also a co-founder of Pakistan and its ambassador to the UN. The director follows his fading footsteps, leading from the Arabian desert to Ground Zero. He finds a man who was not looking for adventures but rather wanted to act as a mediator between East and West. "A Road To Mecca" takes this opportunity to deal with a heated debate which is currently becoming more and more important. Written by Anonymous

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A Road To Mecca: The Journey of Muhammad Asad  »

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Muhammad Asad: It doesn't matter if you agree or disagree with my interpretations, even the classical Quran commentators disagreed on many details. Disagreement deepens our understanding of the Quran.
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A life-changing documentary
17 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Muhammad Asad remains largely obscure from the pages of history, even though he is one of the few scholars that made East meet West.

This is the only documentary that traces the path Muhammad Asad trekked, and tries to figure out the spiritual influence under which Asad converted to Islam. It starts from Asad's birth place, Ukraine, where his family is interviewed. The film crew then travels to Austria to witness the naming of a square, located in front of the UN building, in honor of this esteemed scholar. The next stop is the deserted area of Jerusalem, followed by interviews and meetings in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, United States, Morocco and Spain.

Full marks to the producers and directors. Kudos to the music producers for this touching background music.


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