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Calderon, Philippe

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Most widely held works by Philippe Calderon
The Andalusian epic : Islamic Spain( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This program addresses the expansion of the Arab empire into Spain, where Muslims ruled with tolerance for more than seven centuries. The introduction and consolidation of Islamic power in Spain, the creation of the Umayyad emirate by the sole survivor of the Umayyad dynasty, the rise of Cordoba as a cultural rival of Abbasid Baghdad, and the gradual ebb of Arab rule on the Iberian Peninsula are all discussed. Special attention is given to the prosperous reign of Abdel Rahman III and the flowering of a Muslim culture that respectfully welcomed the contributions of Christians and Jews alike"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
L'éveil de l'Europe. Europe awakes( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As dissension mounted between the rival Arab dynasties in Baghdad, Cordoba, and Cairo, Christendom rallied to oppose the Muslims in Spain and Jerusalem. This program plots out the decline of the Caliphate and the acquisition of Arab knowledge by Europeans starved for Islam's intellectual riches. The rise of feudalism and papal authority, the gradual defeat of the Muslim rulers in Spain, the Seljuk ursurpation of Abbisid power in the Near East, and the Crudades are explained, along with the concerted efforts of Catholic authorities to translate the vast libraries of Arab scientific and philosophical texts"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
Besieged fortress( Visual )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using cutting-edge technology and close-up cinematography, gain an up-close look at a colony of termites as it tries to survive an invading army of ants and a flood that has devastating effects
Lorsque le monde parlait arabe = When the world spoke Arabic( Visual )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Supported by expert commentary and enhanced by footage of historic Arab architecture and period works of art, this comprehensive twelve-part series documents the remarkable history and the most significant cultural, scientific, and technical achievements of the Arab empire, which came to prominence between the 7th and 13th centuries."--Publisher's web site
They surveyed the world = Les arpenteurs du monde( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the 10th century, people routinely journeyed from one end of the huge Arab empire to the other--and even into non-Islamic lands far into the north and east. Who were these travelers, what did they seek? This program captures what it was like to be a pilgrim in a caravan bound for Mecca, an official carrying out the Caliph's orders, a scholar seeking knowledge, a merchant in search of new markets, and an explorer charting the seas. Some of the era's most memorable personalities--mathematician al-Khuwarizmi, the chronicler Abul Hasan Ali al Mas'udi, the cartographer al-Qasim Muhammad ibn Hawqal--are profiled"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
An art of living = Un art de vivre( Visual )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As life among the aristocracy in Damascus and Baghdad attained its zenith of refinement, another important cultural center was developing in Islamic Cordoba. This program focuses on the remarkable cultural contributions of Ziryab, a talented young musician who fled the East for Andalusia and became the era's preeminent arbiter of style and taste. After creating a popular new form of music and perfecting the lute and other instruments, he went on to radically reshape Arab high society, inventing new fashions and hairstyles, introducing fine dining, and creating a thriving market for all manner of luxury goods"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
The Muslim town = La ville musulmane( Visual )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although the first towns the Arabs founded during the expansion of Arabia were only vast campsites, it was not long before their temporary dwellings gave way to the magnificent signature architecture of Arabian culture. What was it like to live in the Arab cities of the Abbasid dynasty, grand oases of refinement and innovation? This program describes key centers of the Muslim town, inluding the mosque and the souk; technical achievements such as the waterwheel; and the roles of the prince, the doctors of the law, and the leaders of the various social groups in keeping order within the bustling community"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
Once upon a time : Baghdad during the Abbasid dynasty( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and Multiple languages and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program presents the Abbasid Caliphate at its peak, enthroned in its prestigious capital city: Baghdad. The translation by an army of clerks of all the ancient writings his emissaries could procure, is spotlighted as an achievement that set the stage for an eventual showdown between religious and secular scholars. -- from distributor's website
Forgetting arabic = Oublier l'arabe( Visual )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why was Islamic philosophy, once the epitome of learning, eventually rejected by Muslims? And why, after assimilating it, did Europeans distance themselves from its formulators? This program seeks to understand the religious climate of the late Middle Ages, in which universities and madrassas became centers of power and models for evolving sociopolitical systems. The potentially heretical nature of philosophy is also analyzed--in Islamic lands the djinni of intellectuality was put back in the bottle, but in Christendom it escaped the control of those who used it, paving the way for Renaissance humanism"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
The brain machine( Visual )

2 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of research into artificial intelligence from the 1960's onward, from the performance of calculations to the simulation of complex reasoning processes
Ulema and philosophers : faith vs. reason in Islamic Arabia( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By replacing paganism with monotheism and tribal life with empire-building, the Arabs of the Umayyad and Abbasid dynasties effected a complete paradigm shift in their worldview. This program studies the codification of Islamic law and assimilation of non-Arab texts, and the ensuing competition between the ulema, or doctors of the law, and the philosophers, who saw reason as an equal to divine enlightenment. -- from distributor's website
The Thousand and one nights : historical perspective( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and Multiple languages and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encompassing fairy tales, romances, legends, fables, parables, and anecdotes, The Thousand and One Nights is a composite of popular oral stories that developed over several centuries, mainly during the Empire of the Caliphate. This program scrutinizes the tale of Scheherazade and what it tells the reader about the dreams of Arab men and women during the empire's golden age. -- from the distributor's website
The Arabs make their entrance : Islam and empire( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program charts the rise of the Arab empire from its roots in the long-standing rivalry between the Byzantines and the Sassanids. Nodes along that timeline include the dual role of Mecca as a place of worship and as a center for trade, the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islam, the rapid expansion of Arabia at the expense of Byzantium and the Sassanid kingdom, and the internecine struggle between Arab factions that led to the founding of the Umayyad dynasty. -- from distributor's website
Everything under the sun : astronomy, mathematics, and Islam by Mahmoud Hussein( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and Multiple languages and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Picking up mathematics and astronomy from where the ancient Greeks left off, Arab scholars paved the way for the Copernican revolution and the rebirth of science in Europe. This program reveals the Empire of the Caliphate's role in developing the Indo-Arabic decimal system, algebra, and algorithms and in refining the science of optics and the Ptolemaic model of the solar system. The application of astronomy to sacred ends, such as accurately fixing the time for prayers, the direction of Mecca, and the start of Ramadan, is also considered"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
Le public et le privé. Public and private life( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although the first towns the Arabs founded during the expansion of Arabia were only vast campsites, it was not long before their temporary dwellings gave way to the magnificent signature architecture of Arabian culture. What was it like to live in the Arab cities of the Abbasid dynasty, grand oases of refinement and innovation? This program describes key centers of the Muslim town, including the mosque and the souk, and the roles of the prince, the doctors of the law, and the leaders of the various social groups in keeping order within the community
Bonobos : back to the wild by Alain Tixier( Visual )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in French and English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Un empire surgi des sables. An empire rises from the sands( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The victory of the Abbasids over the Umayyads signified much more than the replacement of one dynasty with another. With it, Islam saw the birth of a multiethnic concept of power, in which both Arab and non-Arab Muslims could share authority. This program presents the Abbasid Caliphate at its peak, enthroned in its prestigious capital city: Baghdad. The defining project of Caliph al-Ma'amun, the translation by an army of clerks of all the ancient writings his emissaries could procure, is spotlighted-an achievement that set the stage for an eventual showdown between religious and secular scholars."
The thousand and one nights = Les mille et une nuits by Johann II STRAUSS( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Encompassing fairy tales, romances, legends, fables, parables, and anecdotes, "The thousand and one nights" is a composite of popular oral stories that develops over several centuries, mainly during the Empire of the Caliphate. This program scrutinizes the wonderfully audacious tale of Scheherezade and what it tells the attentive reader about the dreams of Arab men and women during the empire's golden age. Recurring themes such as hunger for adventure and a desire to be free from tradition are explored, as well as a conception of power that glorifies self-control and disparages violence"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
The Secrets of the human body : Islam's contributions to medicine( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and Multiple languages and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This program investigates the practice of medicine during the Abbasid Caliphate, offering profiles of Al-Ma'amun's House of Wisdom; Rhazes, whose Kitab al-hawi outlines an exemplary clinical approach; Avicenna, universally known for his Canon of Medicine; and Abul Qasim al-Zahrawi, the father of modern surgery. The Islamic concern with the relationship between the body and the soul is also discussed, as is the founding of hospitals, one of the great achievements of Islamic society"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
Washoe : apes and sign language( Visual )

3 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary that traces the life and unique accomplishments of Washoe, the first chimpanzee to communicate with humans and other monkeys in American sign language. Shows Washoe as she was raised like a child by two psychologists, Allen and Beatrix Gardner, who were studying the influence of human interaction on simians. Their experiment, without precedent, follows Washoe from her first communication in sign language with her human parents, to her role as teacher of sign language to her son and fellow monkeys. Shows all of the monkeys communicating freely without outside prompting
 
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