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Glories of Islamic Art

Synopsis
Consisting of three programmes of 45 minutes each, this series celebrates the heritage of Islamic artists and architects. It explains the close connection between the architectural splendor and the religious message of Islam. Combining travelogue with story-telling, the programme is aimed at a broad audience. The spirit of this programme, presented by Professor Akbar Ahmed, is to embrace trust and shared values between Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The first episode looks at the achievements of the first Islamic dynasty, the Umayyads, who established their capital at Damascus. Their regime spread throughout greater Syria and they left a rich architectural heritage. This includes two of the great surviving Islamic buildings, the Great Mosque of Damascus and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. The second episode moves on to Cairo, the cockpit of the early Islamic struggles between Sunni and Shi’a faiths. Cairo displays the glories of two of the great Islamic regimes - the Shi’ite Fatimids who swept in from the North African desert - and the Mamluks, slave soldiers who overthrew their masters to set up their own Sunni dynasty. Both have left behind impressive evidence of their strength. The final episode eplores the last great Islamic dynasty, the Ottomans, and their great capital at Istanbul.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2013
Subjects
Art; Religious studies
Keywords
art - Islamic; Islam; Istanbul; Ottoman Empire; religious art

Credits

Contributor
Akbar Ahmed

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£14.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
135 minutes
Year
2014

Production Company

Name

TVF International

Distributor

Name

Canny Store

Web
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Phone
01789 207440
Address
The Mansley Centre
Timothy’s Bridge Road
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 9NQ

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