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BBC plans ‘Muhammad’ doc

Three-part series will be anchored by Rageh Omaar

LONDON — A three-part documentary, “The Life of Muhammad,” is being lined up by the BBC.

Skein will be presented by the ex-BBC reporter Rageh Omaar, who is Al Jazeera English’s Middle East correspondent, and made by Crescent Films.

The docu re-traces the footsteps of the Prophet from humble beginnings in Mecca, to his struggle with accepting his Prophetic role, his flight to Medina, to the founding of the first Islamic constitution.

It will also detail Muhammad’s military and political successes and failures, his death and legacy.

Filmed on location in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, Turkey, Syria, the U.S., the U.K. and Jordan the series includes comment from specialist thinkers and commentators on Islam.

Series will cover such topics as Islam’s role today and trace where Islam’s attitudes towards money, charity, women, social equality, religious tolerance, war and conflict originate.

In keeping with Islamic tradition docu does not depict any images of Muhammad’s face, or feature any dramatic reconstructions of his life.

The program will bow on BBC2 in mid-July.

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