Jews Under Islam

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Episode One: In the Beginning

Episode One: In the Beginning

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

A history of the Jewish people opens 3000 years ago.

60 min.

Episode Two: Among Believers

Episode Two: Among Believers

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

The medieval era, when Jews struggled.

60 min.

Episode Three: A Leap of Faith

Episode Three: A Leap of Faith

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

The Enlightenment era, when Jews integrated.

60 min.

Episode Four: Over the Rainbow

Episode Four: Over the Rainbow

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

Recalling the lost world of the shtetl.

60 min.

Episode Five: Return

Episode Five: Return

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

Simon Schama's history of the Jewish people concludes.

60 min.

The Story of the Jews: Preview

The Story of the Jews: Preview

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

Simon Schama begins his exploration of the Jewish story at the start, 3,000 years ago. Pictured: Iraq-el Amir, Jordan.


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Simon Schama visits Cairo to explore the historical relationship between Jews and Islam. With no accusation of Christ killing to contend with, Jews under Islamic rule were spared the demonization they suffered under Christendom and Arabia was, for a time, home to thriving Jewish communities.

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