The Life of Muhammad

The Life of Muhammad

Tuesday, August 20, 8:00-11:00 p.m.

Chart the extraordinary story of a man who, in little more than 20 years, changed the world.

In a journey both literal and historical, host Rageh Omaar travels to the place of Muhammad’s birth to retrace the footsteps of the prophet, from his humble beginnings in Mecca to his struggles with accepting his prophetic role, from his flight to Medina and the founding of the first Islamic constitution to his subsequent military and political successes and failures — through to his death and his legacy.

Filmed on location in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, Turkey, Syria, the U.S., the United Kingdom and Jordan, the series also draws on the expertise of some of the world’s leading academics and commentators on Islam.

The three, one-hour episodes begin at 8:00 p.m. with "The Seeker," an examination of the world into which Muhammad was born, his marriage to Khadijah and his first revelations.

At 9:00 p.m. "Holy Wars" reviews key events in Muhammad’s life, including the Night Journey to Jerusalem and departure from Mecca.

And, at 10:00 p.m. "Holy Peace" examines the evolution of important concepts, including the moral code known as Shari‘a and jihad.

In line with Islamic tradition, the program does not depict any images of Muhammad or feature any dramatic re-constructions of his life.

Rageh Omaar is a Somali-born journalist and author. A former BBC World Affairs correspondent, he currently works as a journalist/reporter for ITN UK, where he is the Middle Eastern correspondent, and also hosts his own monthly investigative documentaries called “The Rageh Omaar Report.”

Photo: Journalist and author Rageh Omaar.