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The Middle East Studies Collection

A collection of films about the Middle East today.

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Iran, Veiled AppearancesIran, Veiled Appearances

Depicts clashes in modern Iran between extreme fundamentalism and young people who are pushing for social change, filming with soldiers, religious leaders, students, artists and intellectuals.

Icarus Films ♦ 2003 ♦ 58 minutes ♦ 10 - 12, College, Adult
Islam Unknown (episode 1): Asma BarlasIslam Unknown (episode 1): Asma Barlas

Professor Asma Barlas doesn't call herself a feminist - but she is a believer in 'radical sexual equality' based on a reading of the Qur'an.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 28 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 2): Nasr Hamed Abu ZaydIslam Unknown (episode 2): Nasr Hamed Abu Zayd

Nasr Hamed Abu Zayd has always seen Islam as a religion rooted in social justice. After decades of exile from his home in Egypt, he remains a devout Muslim committed to a diversity of interpretations of scripture.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 28 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 3): Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'imIslam Unknown (episode 3): Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im is a Sufi dedicated both to Islam and to secularism.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 28 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 4): Amna NusayrIslam Unknown (episode 4): Amna Nusayr

Amna Nusayr discusses sharia and jihad - two notions that she says have been fundamentally misrepresented.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 28 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 5): Reza AslanIslam Unknown (episode 5): Reza Aslan

In this wide-ranging conversation about politics, society and culture, Reza Aslan argues that Islam is a religion based primarily on practice, rather than creed.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 27 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 6): Anouar MajidIslam Unknown (episode 6): Anouar Majid

Anouar Majid is a believer in the power of heresy.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 28 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 7): Omer OzsoyIslam Unknown (episode 7): Omer Ozsoy

Islamic theology, personal freedom, human rights and the head scarf.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 27 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 8): Mehmet AsutayIslam Unknown (episode 8): Mehmet Asutay

Mehmet Asutay has devoted himself to developing a model for an Islamic economy that emphasizes social justice.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 27 minutes
Life 8 - Hassan and The GraduatesLife 8 - Hassan and The Graduates

As Egyptian industry is undermined by Chinese imports, Hassan, a university graduate, takes up the government's offer of free land to farm.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2011 ♦ 26 minutes ♦ 10-12, College, Adult

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