East Meets West: Series 1

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History, Travel Documentary hosted by Eric Meyers, published by Smithsonian Channel in 2014 - English narration

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East Meets West Recent findings in the Middle East have radically changed our understanding of the birth of mankind and the spread of civilization across the globe. Join us on a 12,000-year journey uncovering how this region became a vital link between continents and lead the world's religious, scientific, and cultural enlightenment. On-location excavations and expert testimonies bring to life this epic journey of discovery from the East to the West.

[edit] The Spread of Islam

First aired: Oct/06/2014
Mecca, according to Muslim tradition, is the city where the Prophet Muhammad received God's message and Islam was born. Over 1,400 years later, the religion has more than 1.5 billion worshipers. But how did it become the fastest-growing religion on Earth? Follow Islam's amazing journey as we explore the cultural heritage of its first converts, nomadic Arab tribes who banded together under this new faith. United, they became a global power that transformed the Middle East, and the world, forever.

[edit] Islam and the Renaissance

First aired: Oct/13/2014
Years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, the Islamic Empire had achieved global supremacy. And while it was expanding in territory, its people were expanding their minds. Discover how medieval Muslim scholars saved Greek knowledge from oblivion and generated revolutionary scientific ideas of their own. Join us as we explore their forgotten contribution to world knowledge. Then learn how the Christian conquest of Muslim Spain spurred on a new dawn for intellectual life, kick-starting Europe's emergence from the Dark Ages.

[edit] The Story of the Ottoman Empire

First aired: Oct/20/2014
Excavations in southern Turkey have recently uncovered evidence of the world's first sacred temples, providing amazing insights into the birth of organized religion. In this episode, we explore man's creation of a belief system to make sense of our bewildering world. Then we'll reveal how the pantheon of pagan gods that ruled in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome were ultimately overthrown by a revolutionary idea: monotheism. Discover the story of how the belief in one God was born in the East and how it came to dominate the Western world.

[edit] The Birth of Civilization

First aired: Oct/27/2014
Extraordinary new discoveries suggest that civilization as we know it began 12,000 years ago. Between the Middle Eastern rivers of Tigris and Euphrates, the world's first cities, Ur and Babylon, were built out of mudbrick and grew into vast empires. See how recent excavations are rewriting the first chapter in man's long journey to civilization. Then track how these ancient societies expanded to Africa, Europe, and ultimately became inexorably linked with the Western world, thanks, in large part, to the conquests of Alexander the Great.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: 3195 Kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Audio Codec: AAC LC
  • Audio English
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 Kbps VBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: Stereo 2
  • Run-Time: 47mins
  • Framerate: 25 FPS
  • Number of Parts: 4
  • Container Mp4
  • Part Size: 1.02 GB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: Harry65

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