Islam: Empire of Faith

647 Words Mar 12th, 2013 3 Pages
Islam: Empire of Faith is a pretty general documentary about a large history of Islam in such a short viewing time. Sometimes the moving picture media can have a different effect than the static reading media. I think this is a great counter to the normal textbook learning that occurs during class. While reading about the beginning Islam, I felt more of an oppression of Muhammad as he was trying to get his word of God out to the people around him. When he left Mecca it was not pleasant but it didn’t seem like he was going to die before he left. When he returned to Mecca with his followers it just seemed like he was a returning son, back with good news. When presented with the video evidence of the process, it seemed that his desire to let …show more content…
The inclusion of the architectural notations were quite elaborate, offering the contributions to society due to engineering design brought about by the desire to have these beautiful places to celebrate God. They seemed to indicate that the Islamic Empire was the center of the scientific world at the time with all the noted scholars and scientists coming to join together to brainstorm. Much of it had to deal with documentation and the recording of events, but without proper counterpoint it is hard to say if it was in fact as critical as it appears.
The film was well made and appeared to be a pretty authentic representation of the minimal amount of information that they was trying to get across. While to actions of the Islamic Empire against their own kind might have been shown to be slightly violent, I think the actions of the empire against outsiders and conquered areas might have been played down a bit. Positive spin was definitely placed upon the contributions made by the Empire. While I am not saying these additions to world society were not great, I am sure there was more than enough conflict in the Empire to place a counterpoint somewhere in the film if it had been desired. The cinema experience was pleasant, with the quality of the cut scenes done with attention to detail. The narration by Ben Kingsley was spot on and he is always a good listen. I would however like to see a bit more