Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain
Genre: Documentary | Director: Robert Gardner | Language: English | Length: 117 minutes | Country: Mediterranean, Global | Year: 2007 | Rating: PG

Over a thousand years ago, Europe experienced one of its greatest periods of cultural enlightenment.For more than three centuries in Medieval Spain, Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together and prospered in a thriving multicultural civilization. Here, remarkable individuals of different faiths made lasting contributions in such areas as poetry, art, architecture, music, dining etiquette, science, agriculture, medicine, engineering, navigation, textiles, and even hydraulic technology.

Their rich, complex culture reached a high point in the Mediterranean Middle Ages. However, larger forces in conquest of land and power brought about puritanical judgments, absolutism and religious extremism. The conflict they triggered extinguished the shared learning that once flourished in this enlightened land.

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain takes viewers through an engaging, insightful journey into this critical period in world history. This website allows you to further explore this significant past to better understand the present.

Lesson plans and classroom ideas available here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 6.C.1.2, WH.H.2.5, WH.H.3.1

Sabah

Sabah
Genre:
Comedy, Drama, Romance | Director: Ruba Nadda | Language: English | Length: 86 minutes | Country: Canada | Year: 2005 | Rating: NR

Arsinee Khanjian plays the title character, an unmarried 40-year-old woman of Syrian birth who lives in Toronto with her traditional and sometimes overbearing, but loving, Muslim family. Sabah is a 40-year-old Muslim woman. One day, when Sabah least expects it, she falls in love with the wrong man: She’s Muslim; he’s not. Keeping him secret from her family, she goes on a whirlwind affair before both culture and love collide.

Arranged

Arranged
Genre:
Comedy, Drama, Romance | Director: Diane Crespo and Stefan C. Schaefer | Language: English | Length: 90 minutes | Country: United States | Year: 2007 | Rating: NR

ARRANGED centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common – not least of which is that they are both going through the process of arranged marriages.

Available for free streaming online here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 7.C.1.1, 12.C.1.3 (Sociology), 12.C.2.4 (World Humanities)