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The rise and fall of the medieval Islamic Empire - Petra Sijpesteijn & Birte Kristiansen


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In the 7th century CE, the prophet Muhammad united the people of the Arabian Peninsula through the formation of Islam. Over the next 30 years, caliphs conquered vast areas beyond Arabia, including their mighty neighbors the Persians and Byzantines. But an empire this vast was at risk of conflict and fracture. Petra Sijpesteijn and Birte Kristiansen detail the rise and fall of the Islamic Empire.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Petra Sijpesteijn, Birte Kristiansen
  • Director Elahe Baloochi, Farid Mahmoodi
  • Narrator Safia Elhillo
  • Storyboard Artist Farid Mahmoodi
  • Animator Farid Mahmoodi
  • Compositor Farid Mahmoodi
  • Art Director Elahe Baloochi, Farid Mahmoodi
  • Illustrator Elahe Baloochi, Fateme Mohiti
  • Composer Stephen LaRosa
  • Sound Designer Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Producer Anna Bechtol
  • Associate Producer Abdallah Ewis
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Script Editor Soraya Field Fiorio
  • Fact-Checker Charles Wallace

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