Library Resources

Kenneth L. Brown Collection

In 2002 the King Fahd Center purchased the personal library of Kenneth L. Brown, former Reader in Sociology at the University of Manchester and founder/editor of Mediterraneans, for deposit in Mullins Library.  The collection of some 1500 works in multiple languages covers Middle East/Islamic history, society and culture, and may be accessed on the Mullins Library Infolinks catalog (search Kenneth L Brown Collection).

Kenneth L. Brown studied at the University of Chicago, and received a PhD in Islamic Studies from UCLA in 1969.  Formerly Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, he was Visiting Scholar-in-Residence at the King Fahd Center during the Spring Term 2011 and taught a special topics course on Mediterranean Cities.  Other teaching and research positions he has held include Fellow of the Committee for the Comparative Study of New Nations, and Research Associate in the Middle East Center and the Department of History, University of Chicago (1967-1971), Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (1981-1982), at the CNRS and the EHESS (1987-1988) in Paris, Fulbright Professor at the University of Dakar, Senegal (1988-1989), and at the University of Utah (1996), Salt Lake.  

Brown has carried out extensive research in the Maghreb, in the city of Salé and in the Berber-speaking area of the Souss in Morocco, and in the town of Ksibet El Mediouni in Tunisia.  He is the author of over fifty articles and several books, including People of Salé: The Social History of a Moroccan City (1830-1930) in English (Harvard University Press, 1976) and French (Les gens de Salé, published by EDDIF, 2001), and edited volume L’Iraq de la crise au chaos: Chroniques d’une invasion (IBIS Press, 2004). He is presently working on a book on Muslim Cities Revisited based on field research during 2008 in Tangier, Oran, Tunis and Tripoli.

Middle East Film Collection

The Mullins Library maintains a collection of documentary and feature films produced on and about the Middle East and Islamic World, many of which have been purchased by the King Fahd Center. Call numbers for individual titles can be retrieved via a Title search on Mullins Library Infolinks catalog. The complete list of films appears below.

Arab-Israeli Struggle for Peace (Chris Sheridan, 1993)
Traces Arab-Israeli relations from the creation of Israel in 1948 to the signing of the peace treaty in September of 1993. Included are scenes of Jewish refugee camps, the Suez crisis, and the careers of Nasser, Begin, and Shamir, the Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars, Beirut, the Golan Heights, terrorist activities and regional rivalries. 
VHS; English, 57 minutes

Afghanistan: Exporting the Taliban Revolution (Mark Corcoran, 1999)
Takes a firsthand look at the results and implications of the escalating tensions between Afghanistan and its neighbors.
VHS; English, 24 minutes

Byzantium: The Lost Empire (Ron Johnston, 1997)
Byzantium was the powerful legacy of ancient Greece and Rome, the first Christian empire and the last flowering of classical civilizations before it fell to the plundering armies of the Ottoman Turks. Shot on location in nine countries, these four episodes transport the viewer to a world that history has nearly forgotten.
2 VHS; English, 210 minutes total

Chatila, Beirut 2001 (Diana Allan, 2002)
Living conditions in a refugee camp for Palestinian Arabs in the suburbs of Beirut as seen through the eyes of the children.
VHS; Arabic with English subtitles, 44 minutes

Checkpoint (Tom Wright, 1997)
Explores events after the 1993 Oslo Peace Accord, the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Rabin, Palestinian takeover of West Bank towns, the first Palestinian elections, suicide bus bombings, Arafat's abuse of power, and the growing frustration among Palestinians. Palestinians and Israelis speak of the contest over Jerusalem, Israeli settlement expansion, forgotten refugees, and their visions of a just peace.
VHS; English and Arabic with English subtitles, 58 minutes

Childhood Lost (Lamia Abu-Haidar and Maria Ousseimi, 1992)
Lebanese children who suffered and lived through the war in Lebanon relive their experiences. They tell how they coped, how war has changed their view of the world, and how their dreams for the future have been altered.
VHS; Arabic with subtitles in English, 39 minutes

Children of Fire (Mai Masri, 1990)
Documents the Intifada in Nablus, and its effects on the children there.
VHS; Arabic with subtitles in English, 50 minutes

Children of Shatila (Mai Masri, 1998) 
Fifty years after the exile of their grandparents from Palestine, the children of Shatila camp attempt to come to terms with the overwhelming realities of being refugees in a camp which has survived massacre, siege and starvation.
VHS; English and Arabic with English subtitles, 47 minutes

City of the Dead and the World Exhibitions (Julian Samuel, 1995) 
Examines the definition of civilization in Islamic countries and the various influences and perceptions of their culture by European nations and the Americas with particular focus on the City of the dead in Cairo and the "exhibition" of foreign peoples at world's fairs. 
VHS; English, 76 minutes

Costs of the Gulf War: Behind the Flag (1991) 
A panel of people present what they perceive as alternatives to the resolution of the U.S. problems with Iraq by encouraging diplomatic solutions and suggesting that we resolve our own domestic crises. One segment presents evidence that suggests that our government deliberately exaggerated the Iraqi threat to Saudi Arabia. The panel features Rep. Ronald V. Dellums, the former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, James Akins, and representatives of Greenpeace and Common Agenda Coalition. 
VHS; English, 20 minutes

Divorce Iranian Style (Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, 1998) 
A look inside an Iranian divorce court shows how women are treated under Islamic law. 
VHS; English, 80 minutes

Dream of Justice and Freedom [with Hanan Ashrawi] (Christopher Swann, 1995) 
Ashrawi, who shot to global prominence as spokesperson for the PLO, tells her personal story and the recent history of the Palestinian people. She also explains her hopes for a genuine and lasting peace. 
VHS; English, 52 minutes

El Sebou (Fadwa el Guindi, 1987) 
Portrays the Egyptian initiation of newborns on their seventh day of life. 
VHS; English, 27 minutes

Embroidered Canticles/Cantiques Brodes (Izza Genini, 1989)
26 minutes

Farouk: Last of the Pharaohs (Peter Batty, 1970)
This unusual documentary tells the incredible life-story of King Farouk, that notorious Egyptian playboy-monarch who was overthrown in Nasser's revolution of 1952. 
VHS; English, 50 minutes

500 Dunam on the Moon (Rachel Leah Jones, 2002)
Ayn Hawd is a Palestinian village captured and depopulated by Israeli forces in the 1948 war. In 1953 Marcel Janco, Romanian painter and founder of the Dada movement, helped transform the village into a Jewish artists' colony, and renamed it Ein Hod. This documentary tells the story of the village's original inhabitants, who, after expulsion, settled only 1.5 kilometers away in the outlying hills. This new Ayn Hawd cannot be found on official maps, as Israeli law does not recognize it, and its residents are deemed "present absentees" by the authorities. 
VHS; Arabic, Hebrew and French with English subtitles, 47 minutes

Forbidden Marriages in the Holy Land (Michel Khleifi, 1995) 
Looks at eight mixed marriages in the Middle East from different generations and backgrounds and uncovers the mutual intolerance of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Among the subjects in the film is a young Palestinian musician living with his Israeli musicologist girlfriend, a fiery Palestinian woman married to a Jew, a Jewish woman who converted to Islam to be with her husband in Gaza and an African woman married to a white Palestinian. These interviews reveal couples who, in a region scarred by conflict and catastrophe, chose love instead of hate. 
VHS; Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles, 65 minutes

Four Women of Egypt (Tahani Rached, 1997) 
Four Egyptian women have the same goals--human diginity and social justice--but each adopts an approach radically different from the others. Muslim, Christian, Jewish or non-religious, their visions of society range from wanting a secular or socialist state to an Islamic one. These friends, deeply committed, argue openly, without ever breaking the bond that unites them. 
VHS; French and Arabic with English subtitles, 90 minutes

Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family, 1948-1984 (Joan Mandell and Pierre Björklund , 1984) 
Follows the daily routine of one Palestinian family confined to the Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza, showing their living quarters, the local school, and hospital in order to personalize the Arab-Israeli conflict. 
VHS; Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles, 82 minutes

Gnaouas (Izza Genini, 1990) 
Film documents the rituals, spiritual customs, music and dance of the Gnaouas, the African religious group originally brought into Morocco centuries ago. Contains footage of the slaughter of a sheep. 
VHS; French with English subtitles, 26 minutes

Hanan Ashrawi: A Woman of Her Time (Mai Masri, 1995) 
Profiles Hanan Ashrawi, former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization during the Middle East peace talks with Israel, but who later turned down a position in the new government in favor of continuing her efforts on behalf of peace and human rights. 
VHS; English, 52 minutes

Ici et ailleurs/Here and Elsewhere (Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin and Anne-Marie Mieville, 1970) Commissioned by the Palestinians and started under the title Until Victory, initial shooting was done in the Palestinian camps as a record of the Palestine Revolution, but the film underwent a radical transformation after the massacre of Palestinians by Hussein's troops. It focuses, instead, on how cinema must film history as it happens. Contrasts the 'here' of a French family with the 'elsewhere' of Palestine as reflected and transmitted by television, books, and pictures. 
VHS; French with English subtitles, 55 minutes

In My Own Skin: The Complexity of Living as an Arab in America (Jennifer Jajeh & Nikki Byrd, 2001) 
This video sheds the light on the complexities of the Arab American experience through the candid, indepth interviews with five young Arab women living in New York in the months following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. 
VHS; English, 16 minutes

In Search of Genghis Khan (Tim Severin, 1993) 
This program looks at the legend and the traces of Genghis Khan as well as the people and culture of his descendants, whose lives are barely changed since the Mongol horde burst out of Central Asia in the 13th century to ride as far as the gates of Vienna and permanently change the face of most of Asia and Europe. 
VHS; English, 54 minutes

Into the European Mirror (Julian Samuel, 1994) 
Commentary by Julian Samuel on the conflicts which result from the segmentation of large geographic areas into artificial arbitrary models of post-colonial nation states.
VHS; English and French with English subtitles, 56 minutes

Introduction to the Arab World (AMIDEAST 1989) 
Discusses the unique characteristics of each of the regions within the Arab world; presents the historical background of Islam and explains some of its basic tenets; and addresses the major social, cultural, political, and economic concerns of Arabs today.
VHS; English, 48 minutes

Islam in America (Lindsay Miller, 1992) 
Misconceptions and stereotypes of Muslims are common both in the United States and abroad. Yet Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. Here is an explanation of the faith as it is actually being practiced in the United States. Learn about the Five Pillars of Islam, the basic requirements of faith for Muslims anywhere in the world; visit the first mosque in America in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; understand why and how Muslims pray five times a day; go inside a maximum security prison, where convicts are converting to Islam; and, discover how a visit to Mecca changed Malcom X. 
VHS; English, 60 minutes

The Islamic Wave (Keely Purdue, 2000) 
Examines the sociopolitical landscape of Islamic hotspots in the Middle East, Pakistan, Indonesia, Sudan and elsewhere. Film also examines Islam's increasing popularity and considers the use of violence by Muslim extremists to attain their goals. 
VHS; English, 50 minutes

Jordan’s Stormy Banks (David M. Graybeal , Jo Bales Gallagher, 1991) 
On Jordan's stormy banks tells the story of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the perspective of the consensus of Christian denominations in the United States. 
VHS; English, 32 minutes

King Tut: Tomb of Treasure (1978) 
Experience the wonder and mystery of King Tutankhamen's glorious tomb. 
VHS; English, 25 minutes

Le Caire Raconte par Chahine/Cairo as Told by Chahine (Yusuf Shahin, 1990)
Youssef Chahine's impressions of Cairo and its people in the early 1990's.
VHS; Arabic and French with subtitles in English, 24 minutes

Lifting the Fog: Intrigue in the Middle East (Allan Siegel, 1991) 
Documents the little known history of the behind-the-scene deals made between the international power brokers and identifies the forces that have dragged the region into a perpetual state of conflict. 
VHS; English, 90 minutes

Lines in the Sand (Laura J.E. Marini, Ed Griffin-Nolan 1991) 
A 12 minute video essay examining the Persian Gulf War, the media and the military. 
VHS; English, 12 minutes

A Little for My Heart and a Little for My God: A Muslim Women’s Orchestra (Brita Landoff, 1993)
Documentary on an orchestra of meddahatts, Algerian women musicians who customarily entertain gatherings of women, who traditionally are not allowed to mix with men. When these orchestras play, women remove their veils and dance. Though they are much in demand, the orchestras are held in low social esteem. The orchestra portrayed includes Sid Ahmen and Amin, a gay male couple; nobody seems to question their presence in this exclusively female world. 
VHS; English, 60 minutes

Makolet (Ilana Goldberg and Rachel Zetland, 1998) 
An upbeat documentary depicting the social space of a kosher Middle Eastern grocery store in the traditionally Sephardic section of Brooklyn. Serving the local Syrian Jewish clientele, it has now also become a social headquarters for expatriate Israelis as well as a vivid polyglot of customers: Hebrew, English, Syrian and Egyptian Arabic, painting a portrait of the complexities of multicultural life in a diaspora setting and the compromises necessary to forge a new identity in a new place. 
VHS; English and various languages with English subtitles, 24 minutes

Marco Polo (Hans-Christian Huf, 1999) 
Through live action, interviews, and special effects, this program presents evidence (including omissions from his Travels and the lack of proofs of his passage) to show that Marco Polo did not travel to China but instead gathered his information about the East from other traders in the Crimea.
VHS; English, 48 minutes

Microphone (Ahmad Abdalla, 2010) 
An Egyptian independent film about the underground art scene of the city of Alexandria, Egypt. 
DVD; Arabic with subtitles in English, 116 minutes

Morocco: The Past and Present of Djemaa en Fna (Steve Montgomery, 1995) 
Historic crossroad of Arab and Berber cultures, Djemma el Fna is explored by a Moroccan guide in this documentary capturing the color, romance and spiritual atmosphere of Marrakech's famous square. 
VHS; English, 18 minutes

Nowhere to Hide (1991)
Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and a camera crew travel through Iraq to document civilian casualties during the Allied bombing in February, 1991. 
VHS; English, 28 minutes

Nusrat Live at Meany (1988)
The highlight of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's residency in the Ethnomusicology Program at the University of Washington School of Music was the Jan. 1993 concert at Meany Hall Theater with his ensemble. This video captures his use of hand and facial gestures to convey meaning and generate excitement and participation from the audience. 
VHS; English, 87 minutes

Palestinian Portraits (Simone di Bagno, 1987) 
Presents interviews with Palestinian professionals who, although they have lost their possessions and live outside their homeland, have nevertheless achieved success in other countries. Designed to counter the stereotyped view of Palestinians as destitute refugees or as guerrillas. 
VHS; English, 22 minutes

Paul Bowles in Morocco (Gary Conklin, 1986) 
Documentary revealing the personality of composer and writer Paul Bowles, an American expatriate living in Morocco. 
VHS; English, 57 minutes

Quest for Change: Civil Society in the Middle East (Augustus Richard Norton, Steve Talley, 1994) 
Discusses prospects for political reform in the Middle East. 
VHS; English, 28 minutes

The Raft of the Medusa: Five Voices on Colonies, Nations, and Histories (Julian Samuel, 1993)
A critical examination of the Eurocentric view of the world as "the world can be narrated from many different positions and each vision is important. 
VHS; English and French with English subtitles, 99 minutes

Religion, A World History (Claude Theret, 1996) 
Examines religion from spiritual, historical, social, and political viewpoints. From the roots of various belief systems to New Age religious practices, each program outlines a particular aspect of humankind's quest for spiritual fulfillment. 
10 VHS; English, 520 minutes

Road to Peace: Israel and Palestinians (Yaron Shemer, 1995) 
Filmed ater the signing of the Cairo Peace Accord and the implementation of the first stage of Palestinian self-rule in Gaza and Jericho. Focuses on the process of turning peace into everyday reality. Demonstrates how peace plays at the ground level; how it is perceived and lived not by politicians or statesmen, but by ordinary people -- workers, farmers, doctors, industrialists, artists, teachers, and children. 
VHS; English, 58 minutes

The Romany Trail (Jeremy Marre, 1992) 
Part 1 is a search for the "lost" gypsy tribes of Egypt, and traces their route into Spain; pt. 2 goes to India, to find what are believed to be the original gypsy families whose descendants migrated across the Middle East to Africa and Europe, and then goes to Eastern Europe, among the oppressed gypsy communities of then-Communist Europe. 
2 VHS; English, 120 minutes

Saints and Spirits (Melissa Llewelyn-Davies and Elizabeth Fernea, 1979) 
Documentary which explores Muslim religious expression in Morocco and follows a group of Muslim women as they participate in a pilgrimage to the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch, a celebration of renewal in Marrakech, and the establishment of a new place of pilgrimage in a rural village. 
VHS; English, 27 minutes

Shoot and Cry (Helene Klodawsky, 1988) 
Through the eyes of two young men, one an Israeli conscript, the other a Palestinian worker, this film looks at the conflict over the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It poses moral and polital questions of interest to all who are concerned with peace in the Middle East. 
VHS; English, 55 minutes

Some Women of Marrakech (n.d.)
60 minutes

The Splendour of the Moghuls (Bernard d’Abrigeon, 2000) 
Three part series which examines the Moguls, fanatical Muslims steeped in the Persian culture, who founded an intricate civilization combining Islamic and Hindu thought. Includes the gardens of Kashmir, Mogul architecture, art and the lives of the emperors. 
3 VHS; English, 135 minutes

Stories My Country Told Me: Eqbal Ahmad and the Partitioning of India (H.O. Nazareth, 2000) 
Eqbal Ahmad, a leading authority on colonialism and nationalism, travels Pakistan's and India's Grand Trunk Road from Calcutta to Lahore, commenting on the history and politics of the subcontinent. Having personally experienced, as a child, the partition of India and Pakistan, he speaks movingly of the evil effects of nationalism and sectarian hatred. 
VHS; English, 56 minutes

Storm from the East (Vivianna Woodruff, 1994) 
Eight hundred years ago Europe awoke to a terrible army which suddenly appeared out of the eastern mists. Very little was known about it, and what was known was terrifying. This series traces the history of the Mongol empire from Genghis Khan, who united the Mongol tribes, to the fifth Great Khan, Kublai Khan, who was disappointed in his quest to unite the entire Chinese nation. 
4 VHS; English, 124 minutes

Suleyman the Magnificent (Suzanne Bauman, 1987) 
Describes the Ottoman sultan known as the second Solomon, Süleyman the Magnificent. Tells how he ruled half the civilized world from the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul and how his empire flourished and witnessed a golden age under his enlightened guidance. 
VHS; English, 57 minutes

Suspended Dreams (Jean Khalil Chamoun and Mai Masri, 1992) 
This documentary film examines how the destruction of Beirut during the Lebanese civil war affected the lives of four people: a stage actor whose theater has been destroyed, a mother of two whose husband is missing, and two former soldiers who had once fought each other but who have since become friends. 
VHS; English and Arabic with English subtitles, 50 minutes

Tales from Arab Detroit (Joan Mandell, 1995)
45 minutes

Tkuma: the First Fifty Years (IBA-Israel Television, 1999)
An historical documentary series on the first fifty years of the State of Israel.
3 VHS; Primarily in English; some Hebrew with English subtitles, 360 minutes

Umm Kulthum: A Voice like Egypt (Michal Goldman, 2006) 
Born a peasant in 1898, Umm Kulthum earned a position of great wealth and influence in the Arab world as a popular and beloved singer. This film places her life in the context of 20th century Egypt. Includes concert footage, film clips, and interviews.
DVD; Narration in English; dialogue in Arabic with English subtitles; director's commentary in English, 68 minutes

Umm Kulthum: A Voice like Egypt (Michal Goldman, 1996)
Documentary about singer Umm Kulthūm, who, born a peasant at the turn of the century, became a powerful symbol of the aspirations of her country. Based on the book: The Voice of Egypt : Umm Kulthum, Arabic song, and Eqyptian society in the Twentieth Century by Virginia Danielson. 
VHS; English narration and subtitles, 69 minutes

Under the Rubble (Jean Khalil Chamoun and Mai Masri, 1983)
40 minutes

War Generation Beirut (Jean Khalil Chamoun and May Masri, 1988) 
Produced by a husband-and-wife team (respectively from Lebanon and Palestine), this film explores the effects on children of growing up in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, and demonstrates that new generations of warriors are being created by the constant strife. 
VHS; English and Arabic with English subtitles, 50 minutes

We are Allah’s Soldiers (Hanna Musleh, 1993) 
Discusses the Palestinian Hamas movement in comparison with Fatah. 
VHS; Arabic with English subtitles, 52 minutes

The Western Tradition (1989) 
Includes 52 half-hour programs that cover 2 college semesters, beginning with pre-Western civilizations and continuing through the present. 
26 VHS; English, 30 minutes each

Who Wrote the Bible: Probing the Eternal Mysteries Behind the Origins of the Holy Scriptures (1994)
New scientific research and theological insight into the origin of the Holy Scriptures. Leading biblical experts journey back to the land and the times of the Bible's very creation to probe its most profound mysteries. 
2 VHS; English, 150 minutes

The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith (Huston Smith, 1996)
Huston Smith relates his experiences with the world's greatest religions and attempts to show how all of these "wisdom traditions" share fundamental truths.
5 DVD; English, 58 minutes each

The Women’s Bank of Bangladesh (Mark Aardenburg, 1997) 
Describes the Grameen Bank and the small-business loans it makes to women only. Women who have taken out loans are followed as they attend bank-sponsored support groups and business classes. Those who oppose the bank's efforts are also shown. 
VHS; English, 47 minutes

Word Power in Islamic Art (1992) 
This film describes the roles of Arabic words, texts and calligraphy in the arts of Muslim societies. 
VHS; English, 12 minutes

Yehuda Amichai (Lewis MacAdams and John Dorr 1989) 
Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai reads from his poems and is interviewed by Esther Robbins . 
VHS; English, 60 minutes

Zahrat el Kindoul /Wild Flowers: Women from South Lebanon (Jean Khalil Chamoun and Mai Masri, 1986)
Lebanese woman discuss their resistance efforts and the events in their lives during the Israeli invasion of 1983. 
VHS; Arabic with English subtitles, 70 minutes

Zehava Ben: Solitary Star (Erez Laufer, 1998) 
A view of middle east politics, circa 1996, through the life and performances of Zehava Ben. The Moroccan-born Israeli musician captured the hearts of audiences Gaza, Jericho, and elsewhere throughout the Arab world.
VHS; Hebrew with English subtitles, 59 minutes