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This is the story of a man who changed the world forever. In a journey that is both literal and historical, retrace the footsteps of the Prophet, from his humble beginnings in Mecca to his struggles with accepting his Prophetic role; from his flight to Medina to his subsequent military and political successes and failures--through to his death and his legacy.
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PBSThe Life of Muhammad DVD
 
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Thoughtful Filmaking!

I viewed this series last night on Montana PBS. Mr. Rageh Omaar was excellent as a presenter of this material, and the filmography was top notch- I valued greatly being able to view...Read complete review

I viewed this series last night on Montana PBS. Mr. Rageh Omaar was excellent as a presenter of this material, and the filmography was top notch- I valued greatly being able to view many of the sites Mr. Omaar spoke about as they pertained to Mohammed's life- some really outstanding views of buildings and sites. The editorial content of the series was balanced, and I appreciated that Mr. Omaar and some of the various interviewees candidly admitted that much of Islam's practice today may have been the result of how early muslims interpreted the Qu'ran and devised Sharia laws some 200 years after Mohammed's death- I cannot say that this aspect of Islam is really any different than what has occured in the traditions of other major religions. Humans indeed tend to ruin philosophies of simplicity sometimes.

The above said, I was disheartened to see Mr. Omaar interview the two convicted British muslim terrorists justifying their jihadist views. If the point of the series was to show Mohammed as an historical figure (who indeed promoted tolerance and peace among a fragmented and tribal sixth century Arab world), that entire segment left me bereft of feeling good about the compatability of Islam with western notions of democracy. I would have preferred the series end on a high note, because although not without his faults, in his time, Mohammed did act as a unifying force. How violent Jihad squares with the early teachings of Mohammed is just as troubling to me as the Christian Right's interpretation of of the teachings of Jesus.

A great series, very well done!

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This is a one-sided spin of the life of Muhammad. Of the incidents that were told the beheading of Jews in Medina is examined here. According to this film Muhammad made a mutual defense...Read complete review

This is a one-sided spin of the life of Muhammad. Of the incidents that were told the beheading of Jews in Medina is examined here. According to this film Muhammad made a mutual defense 'treaty' with the Jews. Muhammad then picked fights with the tribes of Mecca by stealing from their caravans. Understand that the Jews had a moral code in which stealing was one of the top ten mortal sins. After fighting for the Muslims a couple of times the Jews decided that they had enough of this one sided 'treaty'. The excuse given in this film for the beheading of hundreds of Jews is that the Jews told the Muslims that they should behead them and that this met the mores of the time. This does not really pass the sniff test. In the Bible God and his prophets met a higher standard than the mores of the time. There are other versions of this incident told in other sources that seem more likely. That there was no treaty, the beheading happened after a Muslim majority in Medina and was the first of many beheading of the infidels in Muslim majority areas.

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5.0

Better Understanding

By DOGMAN

from Grosse Pointe, MI

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This film has supplied me with a much needed perspective.

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By Arthur G

from Roswell, NM

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Comments about PBS The Life of Muhammad DVD:

This is a one-sided spin of the life of Muhammad. Of the incidents that were told the beheading of Jews in Medina is examined here. According to this film Muhammad made a mutual defense 'treaty' with the Jews. Muhammad then picked fights with the tribes of Mecca by stealing from their caravans. Understand that the Jews had a moral code in which stealing was one of the top ten mortal sins. After fighting for the Muslims a couple of times the Jews decided that they had enough of this one sided 'treaty'. The excuse given in this film for the beheading of hundreds of Jews is that the Jews told the Muslims that they should behead them and that this met the mores of the time. This does not really pass the sniff test. In the Bible God and his prophets met a higher standard than the mores of the time. There are other versions of this incident told in other sources that seem more likely. That there was no treaty, the beheading happened after a Muslim majority in Medina and was the first of many beheading of the infidels in Muslim majority areas.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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The Life of Muhammad DVD by PBS Kids

By MAO

from RI

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It was very interesting and educational

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Very well Done

By LD

from San Luis Obispo, CA

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This is a very well done documentary of this leader. It is very informative and it keeps your interest in the history of the religion through the end.

(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
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The Life of Muhammad

By Jay

from Toronto - Canada

Comments about PBS The Life of Muhammad DVD:

I have studied Islam for over 20 years and this DVD is not a true depiction on the life of Muhammad. His life has been detailed in the authentic sources of the Hadith/Sunna and the Sira which are in Arabic and have been endorsed, practised and preached by the highest authorities on Islam. This DVD has more fiction than facts.

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