Documentary about radical Muslims to be shown at UNT

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What: A screening at the University of North Texas of The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision For America, a documentary that was created to alert Americans about the threat of followers of radical Islam. Followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer session.

When: 7 p.m. March 2 (Wednesday)  

Where:  Room 255 of UNT's Eagle Student Servies Center, which is located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets (1147 Union Circle).

Cost: Free

Contact: Nanette Behning in the UNT Jewish studies program, 940-369-8126 or 940-369-8172, or at Nanette.behning@unt.edu.

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America, a 2008 documentary film created to show how those who follow radical Islam are posing risks to individual liberties, women's rights and democracy in the United States and Europe, will be shown at the University of North Texas March 2 (Wednesday).

The free screening begins at 7 p.m. in Room 255 of UNT's Eagle Student Services Center, which is located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets at 1147 Union Circle. A panel discussion will follow the screening of the 72-minute film.

The film is being presented by UNT's Jewish studies program; the UNT departments of History, Political Science and Philosophy and Religion Studies; the international studies program; the Jewish Federations of Greater Dallas and of Fort Worth and Tarrant County; the Clarion Fund; and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. 

The Third Jihad is produced by Canadian-Israeli documentary filmmaker Raphael Shore, who is also a rabbi. The film is narrated by a Muslim American physician, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, who notes in the opening that only a small percentage of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims are radical.  

With those interviewed in the film noting the existence of a "cultural jihad" as well as a violent jihad, The Third Jihad contains excerpts of speeches given by various Islamic organizations and terrorist groups, interspersed with footage of terrorist attacks, human rights violations, and growing support of internal jihadist movements.

"The film tries hard to separate Islam from Islamists," said Dr. Richard Golden, UNT professor of history and director of the Jewish studies program. "At no point in the film does any non-Muslim analyze, criticize or editorialize on Islam or Muslims."

According to the filmmakers, the "homegrown jihad" in the United States and Europe is the "third jihad." The first jihad occurred from 622-750 A.D. when Mohammed's armies conquered all of Arabia, the Middle East, North Africa and Spain. The second jihad started in 1071 when Islamic armies toppled Constantinople and spread into Europe, India, and further into Africa. The second jihad's decline began in 1683.

The panel discussion following the showing of The Third Jihad will be moderated by Golden. Panelists include Iranian-American author Amil Imani, director of the Washington, D.C.,-based think tank Iranian Freedom Institute; Dr. Mitch Land, interim dean of UNT's Mayborn School of Journalism; documentary filmmaker Alan Rosenthal, a retired associate professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Dr. Mahmoud Sadri, professor of sociology at Texas Woman's University.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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