Jews & Muslims: Intimate Strangers

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  • 1969
  • 1 Season

Jews & Muslims: Intimate Strangers is a fascinating documentary series that explores the complicated and often fraught relationship between Jews and Muslims throughout history. Produced by Film Ideas, Inc., the show is divided into six parts, each of which delves into a different aspect of this complex relationship.

The first episode, entitled "The Shared Origins of Judaism and Islam," explores the common historical and cultural roots of the two religions. Through interviews with scholars and religious leaders, the episode highlights the many similarities between Judaism and Islam, including their shared belief in one God and their shared reverence for Abraham as a prophet.

The second episode, "From Amity to Enmity," traces the history of Jewish-Muslim relations from the early days of Islamic expansion to the present day. The episode examines the causes of the long-standing tensions between these two groups, including religious and political differences and conflicts over land and resources.

In "Living Together, Living Apart," the third episode, the show examines the ways in which Jews and Muslims have coexisted in various parts of the world throughout history. The episode explores the challenges and benefits of living in multi-faith societies, and the ways in which Jews and Muslims have found ways to peacefully coexist despite their differences.

The fourth episode, "The Fertile Crescent," focuses specifically on the relationship between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East. Through interviews with historians, politicians, and ordinary citizens, the episode provides an in-depth look at the complex and often volatile political and social climate of the region, and the factors that have contributed to the ongoing conflict between Jews and Muslims.

"Beyond Conflict," the fifth episode, explores examples of Jewish-Muslim cooperation and collaboration throughout history, from medieval Spain to modern-day Israel. The episode examines the ways in which Jews and Muslims have worked together to advance common goals and fight against mutual threats, despite their religious and cultural differences.

Finally, in the series' sixth episode, "The Way Forward," Jews & Muslims: Intimate Strangers looks to the future, exploring the possibilities for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence between these two groups. Through interviews with activists, religious leaders, and ordinary people working towards greater understanding and cooperation between Jews and Muslims, the episode offers a hopeful vision for a more harmonious future.

Throughout the series, Jews & Muslims: Intimate Strangers is careful to present a balanced and nuanced perspective on the complicated relationship between Jews and Muslims. The show does not shy away from discussing the many conflicts and tensions that have defined this relationship throughout history, but also offers hope for a better future in which these two communities can learn to live together in peace and mutual respect. With thoughtful commentary from scholars, insightful interviews with people from all walks of life, and stunning visuals that bring history to life, Jews & Muslims: Intimate Strangers is a must-watch for anyone interested in the complex and fascinating intersection of religion, politics, and culture.

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Narratives at War  (1945 to Present Day)
4. Narratives at War (1945 to Present Day)
In 1945, the world discovers the horror of the Nazi camps. In 1948, the birth of Israel aroused anger and bitterness among Arabs and Muslims, but triggered joy and exultation throughout the Jewish world. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled or fled with the hope of a future return. Within just a few decades, the vast majority of Jews living in the Muslim world moved to Israel.
The Separation  (1789-1945)
3. The Separation (1789-1945)
History takes us to Europe: the French Revolution. The Jews, now European citizens, became the target of a more asserted anti-Semitism. At the same time they began to take a greater interest in the fate of the Jews in the Muslim world and to play the role of their protectors. Trapped between Zionism and Arabic nationalism, Palestine became the object of religious and political contention.
The Place of the Other  (721-1789)
2. The Place of the Other (721-1789)
In the year 721, the Muslim Empire was vast. Jews and Christians were minorities motivated by a desire to obtain the most favorable status. Status did not prevent the 11th Century massacre of Jews in Granada and the forced conversion of Jews & Christians under the Almohads in the 12th Century. In the 15th, the Reconquista chased the Jews and Muslims from Spain which heralded the end of Al-Andalus
Origins  (610-721)
1. Origins (610-721)
This is an account of the birth of Islam and a history of conquest stretching from Persia to Spain. For the conquered, what was their place in this empire? The polytheists had little choice but to convert and worship the One God, Allah, through the Quran. The People Of The Book, Jews and Christians, would be allowed to practice their religions, protected but restricted.