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Time Compass

Islam (#112)

Explains how wandering Arabs began to settle around desert oasis and how Mohammed challenged traditional religious teachings with the divine principles given to him by the Archangel Garbriel. The episode follows the development of a military that eventually overcome the people who had sent Mohammed away from Mecca, and the establishment of thriving economy centered in bazaars of this great city. Later, when the Capital city is moved to Bagdad, it becomes a refined city of beautiful Islamic architecture, and advanced scientific and philosophical achievement. By the time that Bagdad is sacked by the invading Mongols, Islamic culture has spread throughout the Mediterranean world. Meanwhile, Europe is experiencing the Dark Ages when people fear, rather than respect, the learning of past civilizations. The episode closes with the Tales of the 1001 Arabian nights with their stories within stories of Scherezade, Sinbad, Ali Baba and Alladin, to name only a few. [19 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: Based on a series of books, the Time Compass uses innovative and stylized animation to portray significant historical events and transport the viewer through time to ancient civilizations from around the world. From simple inventions to influencing our modern government, these societies have shaped the way we live today.

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