This should really be required viewing for everyone in the western hemisphere. I just happened to take it out of my local library, and despite some prior knowledge of the basic origins of Islam (with which Part I is primarily concerned) it was Part II, "The Awakening", where I got my first real glimpse of a truly alternative view of the history of the entire world.
I, in fact, watched the first part with my conservative brother-in-law (from Idaho) who viewed it with a bemused smile on his face, and at one point said "this is a really skewed version of the truth, and I will give you my take on it when it is over."
I doubt he'll ever even bother to watch Part II (I've yet to see the third part myself, quite frankly).
So, I encourage anyone who attempts to watch this video not to be discouraged from continuing after viewing only Part I, and to watch the second part in its entirety. You'd have to be either born a Muslim, or have attended a very "progressive" school, indeed, to be familiar with what is revealed.
I imagine many people will hold my brother-in-law's opinion while viewing the first part of the documentary. Particularly those whose "take" on Muslims is primarily formed by media accounts of so called "violent acts of radical Islamic fundamentalism".
All I would request is to "hang in there" for what I would assume, for most people (such as myself), will be a real eye-opener...
(And kudos to PBS for having the courage to broadcast something like this!)
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