52 minutes each - Total: 208 minutes
English with closed captioning
Recommended by Video Librarian Magazine
"The most honest, historically accurate, and balanced treatment of the past and contemporary history of Muslim-Jewish relations I've ever seen." - Dr. Mark R. Cohen, P
"Epic in its scope and depth, Jews and Muslims: Intimate Strangers offers a captivating and visually-striking deconstruction of 14 centuries of rich history shared between Jews and Muslims." - Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Jews and Muslims are seen as the archetype of enemies in endless conflict, a perception made of misunderstandings and omissions. Yet history shows us that the conflict and tension is quite recent, a mere 150 years. By traveling back to the time of Muhammad and then forward to present day, the goal of this balanced and well-researched series is to lay out the facts and deconstruct historical misbeliefs.
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1. Origins (610-721)
This is an account of the birth of Islam and a history of conquest stretching from Persia to Spain. For the conquered, what was their place in this empire? For the polytheists they had little choice but to convert, for the People Of The Book, Jews and Christians would be allowed to practice their religions, protected but restricted.
2. The Place of the Other (721-1789)
In the year 721, the Muslim Empire was vast. Across the empire Jews and Christians were minorities motivated by a desire to obtain the most favorable status. Their quest for an elevated status within the empire did not hinder cultural exchanges as can be determined with the House of Wisdom in Baghdad, nor prevent the occurrence in the 11th Century of the massacre of Jews in Granada and the persecution and forced conversion of Jews & Christians under the Almohads in the 12th Century. In the 15th Century, the Reconquista chased the Jews and Muslims from Spain which heralded the end of Al-Andalus.
3. The Separation (1789-1945)
History now takes us to Europe: the French Revolution. Nation-states. The Jews, now European citizens, became the target of a more asserted anti-Semitism. But having incorporated the new national elites, they began to take a greater interest in the fate of the Jews in the Muslim world and to play the role of their protectors. Trapped between Zionism and Arabic nationalism, Palestine — called “Southern Syria” by the Ottomans — became the object of religious and political contention.
4. Narratives at War (1945 to Present Day)
In 1945, the world discovers the horror of the Nazi camps. In 1948, the birth of Israel aroused anger and bitterness among Arabs and Muslims, but triggered joy and exultation throughout the Jewish world. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled or fled with the hope of a future return. Within just a few decades, the vast majority of Jews living in the Muslim world would leave Iraq, Egypt, Iran, Syria, Morocco and Tunisia.
Supported by the United Nation's Alliance Of Civilizations
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