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Documentary Description:

Islam: Empire of Faith is the epic PBS documentary that charts the history of Islam from its beginnings in Mecca and Medina in the seventh century to the glory of the Ottoman Empire 1,000 years later.


In 400 words or more analyze the focus of this particular documentary. Try to make connections to class-based upon material/terminology weve covered.

In your analysis, include an informed opinion on the material you have viewed. Your response could include answers to the following questions:

  1. What do you think about the topic /person being presented? 
  2. Can you connect what you saw in the documentary with any of your own experiences?
  3. Are concepts weve discussed in this module more clear after viewing this program?
  4. What did you learn and/or how did it enhance your understanding?
  5. Was there anything “left unsaid” which you feel would have improved the presentation? i.e. was there anything you would have liked to see included which wasn’t?
  6. How might the documentary impact others different from you (i.e. gender, ethnicity, culture, etc.)?
  7. What is the relevance of this documentary to specific areas/topics of our course?
  8. Did it critically view the subject or was it largely descriptive without analysis?
  9. What does the event or video have to do with you, personally, and with your life (past, present, or future)? It is not acceptable to write that the video has NOTHING to do with you since just about everything humans can write, perform or film has to do in some way with every other human.
  10. How much does the event or video agree or clash with your view of the world, and what you consider right and wrong? Give several specific examples of how it agrees with and supports what you think about the world, about right and wrong, and about what you think it is to be human. Use quotes and examples to discuss how the event or video disagrees with what you think about the world and about right and wrong.
  11. How much did you learn, and how much were your views and opinions challenged or changed by this event or video, if at all? Did the event or video communicate with you? Why or why not? Give examples of how your views might have changed or been strengthened (or perhaps, why the event or video failed to convince you, the way it is). Please do not write I loved everything about the event, since everybody disagrees about something, even if it is a tiny point. Use specific examples to illustrate your points of challenge, or where you were persuaded, or where it left you cold.
  12. How well does it address things that you, personally, care about and consider important to the world? How does it address things that are important to your family, your community, your ethnic or religious group, to people of your economic or social class or background? If not, who does the event/video serve? Did it pass the Who cares? test? Use specific examples to illustrate.
  13. What does the documentary add to your current understanding of the issue?
  14. Which part of the documentary do you like the most?
  15. Was there anything that surprised you?
  16. To sum up, what is your overall reaction? Would you experience or view something else like this, or by this group or producer in the future or not? Why or why not? To whom would you recommend this type of event or this video?