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John M. Kelly Library

Documentaries and Movies: Islamic Studies

Art of Faith

NA4600 .A78 2008 DVD
3 (50 minute) programs
Three programs about the art and architecture of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

The Blood of My Brother

DS79.76 .B56 2006 DVD
81 minutes; released 2005.
A movie dramatization of one Iraqi family's struggle to survive amidst the Shia insurgency.

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain

DP101 .C585 2007 DVD
116 minutes
Explores how religious pluralism in Southern Spain eventually gave way to absolutism and intolerance among Muslims, Christians and Jews.

Creation in the Abrahamic Faiths: What is Freedom For?

BR127 .F8 2004 VHS
43 minutes
The third annual Frederick Charles Furlong Memorial Lecture presented by Father David Burrell at the University of St Michael’s, October 3, 2004.

The Cult of the Suicide Bomber

HV6431 .C858 2006 DVD
96 minutes
Former CIA spy Robert Baer examines the history of suicide bombing from its origins in the Iran-Iraq war, through the truck bombers in southern Lebanon, to its contemporary use throughout the Middle East.

Desperate Hours

D804.6 .D47 2001 DVD
64 minutes; released 2001.
The story of small groups of Turkish Muslims, Jews and Christians who worked together to save Jewish lives during the Second World War.

The Dreams of Sparrows

DS79.76 .D64 2005 DVD
75 minutes
Hayder Mousa Daffar's examination of life in Baghdad after the United States invasion of Iraq.

Eastern Philosophy

B123 .E37 2006 DVD
3 (50 minute) programs
A brief introduction to various eastern philosophies: Confucianism, Shinto, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam.

The 50 Years War

DS119.7 .F53 2000 DVD
6 (50 minute) programs
A PBS series about the conflict between Israelis and Arabs.

Gaza Strip

JC599 .G26 G39 2002 DVD
74 minutes; released 2002.
James Longley's documentary about Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip under Israeli occupation.

Great World Religions: Islam

BP165 .E87 2003 DVD
12 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

I am Sufi, I am a Muslim

DP 189 .I2 2005 DVD
52 minutes
A documentary about Sufism as practised today in India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Macedonia. Also features Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a well-known performer of Qawali music.

Islam, Empire of Faith

BP50 .I754 2000 DVD
163 minutes
The rise and growth of Islam throughout the world, from the birth of Muhammad in the 6th century through the peak of the Ottoman Empire 1000 years later. Discusses the impact of Islamic civilization on world history and culture.

Jenin Jenin

DS119.765 .J46 2002 DVD
54 minutes; released 2002.
A controversial documentary from the Palestinian perspective about the Israeli army's occupation of the town of Jenin in April 2002.


PN1997 .K57 2001 DVD
123 minutes; released 2000.
A movie set during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, when Israel battled Egypt and Syria in Sinai and the Golan Heights. Shown from the perspective of two Israeli soldiers serving on a rescue crew, the film depicts a horrific day of death and destruction as the crew tries to pick up the pieces in the wake of slaughter. Directed by Amos Gitai.

The Message

BP75 .M47 1998 DVD
220 minutes
A movie about Muhammad and the beginnings of Islam.

Muslims: An In-depth Look at What it Means to Be a Muslim in the 21st Century

DS25.62 .M87 DVD
120 minutes; released 2002 .
Filmed in Egypt, Malaysia, Iran, Turkey, Nigeria and the United States, this programme explores the influence of culture and politics on religion, looks at the political forces at work among Muslims around the world, emphasizes Islam's kinship with Christianity and Judaism, and examines the diverse interpretations of Islam among the Muslim people.

Teaching Company

Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

BL625 .J646 2008 DVD
36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Mystic's Journey

The Mystic's Journey

BL625 .M97 2003 DVD
3 (30 minute) programs
An introduction to the religions of India by Huston Smith. Includes Islamic Mysticism: The Sufi Way, Requiem for a Faith: Tibetan Buddhism, and India and the Infinite: The Soul of a People.

Quran vs. Bible

BP134 .B4 R635 2005 DVD
177 mintues; released 2005.
A debate held in Toronto, July 16, 2005, between Muslim evangelist Steve Rockwell and Christian pastor Peter Youngren of World Impact Ministries. Subtitled "Islam vs. Christianity: The Perfect Gift."

Richard the Lionheart and Saladin: Holy Warriors

D 163 .H65 2005 DVD
110 minutes; released 2005.
Filmed in the Middle East, this documentary re-creates the heroic 12th century encounter between Saladin and King Richard I of England.

Rumi: Turning Ecstatic

BP189.7 .M42 R865 2005 DVD
48 minutes
A documentary about the 13th century Sufi mysic Mevlana Jellaludin Rumi.

To Die in Jerusalem

DS119.76 .T62 2007 DVD
76 minutes
Two women meet in an emotionally charged encounter that underscores the deep roots of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. One is the mother of an 18 year old Palestinian suicide bomber. The other is the mother of a 17 year old Israeli student killed in the suicide bombing.

Tragedy in the Holy Land

DS119.76 .T73 2002 DVD
121 minutes
A documentary about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict from the Palestinian perspective.

Understanding Islam

BR127 .F8 2002 VHS
97 minutes
The second annual Frederick Charles Furlong Memorial Lecture presented by Dr. John L. Esposito at the University of St Michael’s, October 6, 2002.

The United States and the Middle East: 1914 to 9/11

DS63.2 .U5 Y37 2003 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

The Wisdom of Faith: Islam

BL80.2 .W57 1996 v. 4 VHS
54 minutes
Religion professor Huston Smith talks with Bill Moyers about Islam.