Islam: The Empire Of Faith

HISTORY CHANNEL – Wednesdays from 9 September, 7.30pm

The epic story of a cultural empire that dominated a millennium and shaped history

Between the fall of Rome and the European voyages of discovery, no event was more significant than the rise of Islam. Islam: Empire of Faith tells the spectacular story of the great sweep of Islamic power and faith during its first 1,000 years-from the birth of the prophet Muhammad to the peak of the Ottoman Empire under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. Evocative re-enactments and a remarkable exposition of Islamic art, artefacts, and architecture are combined with interviews of scholars from around the world to recount the rise and glory of early Islamic civilization.

Ep1 – The Messenger: The Messenger introduces the dramatic story of the rise of Islam with the extraordinary life of the prophet Muhammad and his simple but revolutionary message. This episode covers the revelation and early writing of the Koran, the creation of the first Mosque, the persecution suffered by the first Muslims and the major battles fought by Muhammad and his followers to establish the new religion. The rapid religious, cultural, and political expansion of Islam overwhelms the empires of Persia and Byzantium, creating a new empire larger than Rome.