10 Must Watch Documentaries on Muslim Civilization in Europe


10 Must Watch Documentaries on Muslim Civilization in Europe

A list of useful and informative documentaries that present excellent overviews of contributions to science and technology from Muslim Civilization is provided. They serve as a window into a golden age with so much more to discover. We remember the words of HRH The Prince of Wales, in his lecture at Oxford University some 25 years ago:

“If there is much misunderstanding in the West about the nature of Islam, there is also much ignorance about the debt our own culture and civilization owe to the Islamic world…” Prince Charles, 1993

1. What the Ancients Did for Us – The Islamic World
With Dr. Adam John Hart-Davis

“What the Ancients Did for Us – The Islamic World” is part of a 2005 BBC documentary series presented by Adam Hart-Davis that examines the impact of ancient civilizations on modern society’. Dr. Adam John Hart-Davis builds and tests some of the most extraordinary discoveries from early Muslim civilization; from soap to torpedoes, and from water pumps to windmills. Presented by Adam Hart-Davis, Hermione Cockburn, and Jamie Darling.

2. An Islamic History of Europe
With TV Presenter Rageh Omaar

The video documentary ‘An Islamic History of Europe’ produced by the BBC in 2005 and presented by Rageh Omaar (TV presenter who also covered the American invasion of Iraq), reveals the surprising hidden story of the influence of Muslim civilization on Europe.

In this 90-minute documentary, Rageh Omaar, uncovers the hidden story of Europe’s Islamic past and looks back to a Golden Age when European civilization was enriched by Islamic learning. Rageh travels across medieval Muslim Europe to reveal the vibrant civilization that was brought to the West.

3. When The Moors Ruled In Europe
With Historian Bettany Hughes

As part of Channel 4 ‘Hidden Civilization’ season, ‘When the Moors Ruled in Europe’ explores Islam’s rich and significant contribution to western art and culture. Historian Bettany Hughes traces the story of the mysterious and misunderstood Moors, the Islamic society that ruled in Spain for 700 years, but whose legacy was virtually erased from Western history.

4. Science and Islam
With Prof Jim Al-Khalili

BBC Four Science & Islam sees British scientist, author and broadcaster Prof. Jim Al-Khalili travel through Syria, Iran, Tunisia, Turkey and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries…

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