Wa Islamah (1961)

Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - United Arab Emirates   |  
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

This undistinguished, amateur costume drama by director Andrew Marton was produced in the United Arab Republic and tells the story of the Central Asian Tartars invasion of Egypt in the 14th century. Under their leader Timur, inheritor of the tradition that began with the great Mongolian Khans (Genghiz Khan, Kubilai Khan), the Tartar hordes invade the Middle East and take over areas as widespread as Persia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, and Syria. A lowly woman from a harem (Lubna Aziz) rises to lead the Egyptians against the invaders.