History and Heritage

  • For Allah, King and Country

    For Allah, King and Country is an examination of the vital role played by the Muslim soldiers of the British Empire in both World Wars.

  • Imam and I

    Abdullah Haron was a divisive and unifying force in the Muslim community of 60s South Africa. After his controversial death in custody, came the battle for his legacy. His grandson tries to distinguish fact from fiction, truth from legend and contrivance from reality a picture emerges of two comp...

  • Blessed are the Strangers

    London in the late 1960s. A steady stream of hippies get switched on to the
    teachings of Sufism through Ian Dallas, a Scottish playwright and actor who had encountered Islam on a trip to Morocco. He takes the group to Morocco and introduces them to Shakyh Muhammad ibn al-Habib. The shaykh gifts t...

  • The Architecture of the Veil - Damascene Houses

    'Damascene Houses - preserving the memory of an architectural wonder'.

    In 2017-18, Augustus Lersten was awarded a grant for the production of a video on 'Damascene Houses' - Interior dimensions, architecture, and the cultural nuances and stories that these houses carry and what they mean to Syri...

  • Ensemble

    Based on a true story, set in 1942, in Nazi-occupied Paris. A child escapes a raid and takes refuge within the Great Mosque of Paris. The imam Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit decides to protect him, as well as the other young Jewish teenagers that he will manage to free with help from resistance networks....

  • The Blessed Tree

    An archaeological detective story of the meeting of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and a Christian monk Bahira, that happened in the shade of a tree. Fourteen hundred years later, that same tree was discovered still alive in the Northern deserts of Jordan; the only tree alive in hundreds of square m...

  • G'Day Cameleers

    G’day Cameleers featuring four Australian Muslim boys who, during their school holidays, went on a journey to explore the land of the early Australian Muslim Cameleers (Well known as the Afghan camel-drivers) and paid visit their final resting place.

  • Inside Saudi Arabia, 1973

    This archive documentary from 1973 explores the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which was relatively unknown and mysterious to the world in the 1970s and how it develops following the oil boom and increasing demand for the fuel.

  • Mr. Jinnah: The Making of Pakistan

    Ambassador Akbar Ahmed presents the 20th Anniversary Edition re-release of the historical documentary film, "Mr. Jinnah: The Making of Pakistan." The documentary was part of Ambassador Ahmed's 1990s Jinnah Quartet of projects about the founder of Pakistan, which also included "Jinnah," a feature ...

  • Ismael: The Last Guardian of an Ancient Library

    Over 500 years ago, driven out by the Spanish Inquisition, Ismael Diadié's ancestors left Al-Andalus for Timbuktu. In 2012, Ansar al Din salafist fighters and their al Qaeda allies threatened to destroy the 500-year-old ancient Islamic library belonging to Diadié and his ancestors, which they had...

  • Iqbal - A Message from the East

    "A Message from the East" invites us to take another look at Islam, through the window of time during the late-colonial rule of India. Muhammad Iqbal was a man who understood the nature of contradiction and the necessity of balancing the converging forces in our lives. An inspiration to the peopl...

  • Between Two Worlds

    Celebrating the life and works of Muhammad Knut Bernstrom, the Swedish diplomat who converted to Islam and took it upon himself to interpret the Qur'an for a contemporary Swedish readership. Combining the best of European thought with the heart of Islamic tradition, Knut Bernstrom's life is an ex...

  • A Lifetime in an Hour

    Eskandar Firouz, the founder of the Department of Environment is known as "Iran's father of the environment". This documentation of a few-hours-long conversation of him and three environmental activists presents an oral history of issues of environment in Iran and a brief look at a lifetime of e...

  • The Rise of Islam in Mali

    Onuora Abuah travels to Mali, West Africa where he begins an 800km journey to the ancient city of Tombouctou whilst orating the 1000 year history of the combined empires of Wagadu (Ghana), Mali and Songhai.

  • The Pilgrimage To Mecca, 1970

    Swiss broadcaster, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, present rare archive footage from the Haram al Sharif during the Hajji pilgrimage in 1970. A fascinating view of the sacred precinct in comparison with the modernisation, development and transformation that as taken place over the decades.

  • The Life of Omar Ibn-Said

    In this student-produced mini-documentary, Richard Wright students provide historical reference and insight into the process of acquisition, digitization, and conservation of the Library of Congress' most recent acquisition, "The Life of Omar Ibn Said," the only known autobiography still in exist...

  • The English Lady who went to the Hajj

    Photographer Peter Sanders goes in search of Lady Evelyn 'Zainab' Cobbold. Zainab Cobbold converted to Islam in the 1915s and came from a British aristocratic family. She remarked that she considered Islam "the religion most calculated to solve the world's many perplexing problems, and to bring t...

  • Het Groote Mekka-Feest, The Great Mecca Feast

    This silent film by Georg Eduard Albert Krugers is a rare personal documentary of his journey in 1928 from Indonesia (then the Dutch East Indies) to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, with a group of pilgrims performing the Hajj. Krugers' commentary in texts on screen provides a personal commentary on the ev...