Sunday Discovery: An Islamic History of Europe


This documentary is a timely find given the recent terrorist attack in Norway. I have only read part of Anders Behring Breivik’s 1,516 page manifesto; it is difficult to read a document written by a man who would murder me because of who I am as well as my beliefs.

In Breivik’s view of history, the relationship between Islam and Christianity has always been and will ever be adversarial. I have met Europeans who claim that Islamic rule in Europe was nothing but a disaster. This documentary teaches us otherwise.

From the BBC 4 Documentaries website:

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 civilisation was enriched by Islamic learning.

Rageh travels across medieval Muslim Europe to reveal the vibrant civilisation that Muslims brought to the West.

This evocative film brings to life a time when emirs and caliphs dominated Spain and Sicily and Islamic scholarship swept into the major cities of Europe.

His journey reveals the debt owed to Islam for its vital contribution to the European Renaissance.

The BBC owns the copyright to the An Islamic History of Europe documentary and the text excerpt from the BBC 4 Documentaries website.


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