Documentary: Islam - Empire of Faith
This is the famous PBS documentary, lavishly produced with a high budget.
Between the fall of Rome and the European voyages of discovery, few events were more significant than the rise of Islam. Within a few centuries the Islamic empires blossomed, projecting their power from Africa to the East Indies, and from Spain to India. Inspired by the words of the Prophet (saw), and led by caliphs and sultans, this political and religious expansion remains unequaled in speed, geographic size and endurance.
ISLAM: EMPIRE OF FAITH is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley. The three hour film tells the spectacular story of the great sweep of Islamic power and faith furing the first 1,000 years - from the birth of the Prophet (saw) to the peak of the Ottoman Empire under the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent. Historical re-enactments and a remarkable exposition of Islamic art, artifacts and architecture are combines with interviews of scholars from around the world to recount the rise and importance of early Islamic civilization. Increasingly, scholars and historians are recognizing the profound impact the Islamic civilization had had on Western culture and the course of world history.
You can download the film in three parts via the links below [these are AVI movies compressed in self-executable files (Windows only), once downloaded - run the exe to extract the AVI]. Note: If the AVIs fail to play, make sure you have the DivX codec.
Temporary yousendit.com downloads valid for 7 days / 25 downloads only:
Part 1: The Messenger (saw) - Left click here (140MB)
The Ka'bah at Makkah
Medina, City of The Prophet (saw)
A New Beginning
Part 2: The Awakening - Left click here (134MB)
Baghdad, City Of Scholars & Science
City of Cordoba
The First Crusade
Crusader Castles & Islamic Trade
Saladin Recaptures Jerusalem
Part 3: The Ottomans - Left click here (133MB)
Siege of Constantinople
Ottoman Architecture & Lifestyle
Suleyman's Last Campaign
If the links have expired and you still would like to download, please reply to this thread and if I have time, inshAllah, I will try and upload again. Jazakum Allah Khairun.