Knowledge of the World (1976)

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"Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave" is a famous injunction of Muhammed. Islam has always valued the use of reason, and it formed the bridge that links the knowledge of Greece to that of the present day. Many of the ideas and institutions now taken for granted came to Europe from the Islamic world. The film shows the large and beautiful colleges in which advanced teaching took place, and which led to the establishment of what are probably the oldest universities in the world such as that of Al Ahzar in Cairo. Two other important institutions also passed from Islam to Europe - the observatory and the hospital. Islam's contribution to medicine was particularly great, and today an interesting revival of traditionnal Islamic medicine is taking place in Pakistan.

Summary taken from the iLEA catalogue.

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