Synopsis by Rob Ferrier
Each episode of the Traditional World of Islam takes viewers to the Middle East and Northern Africa, the lands of the classical Islamic empires. Islam is presented as the sole unifying force throughout these empty, arid lands, and Islam itself is presented not as a philosophy in evolution, but one in a state of entropy, neither slipping, nor progressing. The narration of every episode includes quotes from religious texts as well as from Islamic poets. This episode explores the world of Islamic art and architecture. Barred from portraying the human form, Islamic artists have made their most important contributions to decorative art forms. Three separate examples in India, Turkey, and Iran respectively, demonstrate the stunning variety of Islamic architecture.
civilization, empire, Islam