Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet

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Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet
Muhammad Legacy of a Prophet film poster.jpg
Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet promotional poster
Directed by Michael Schwarz
Omar al-Qattan
Starring Karen Armstrong
Hossein Nasr
Daisy Khan
M. Cherif Bassiouni
Mohammed Zakariya
Narrated by André Braugher
Theme music composer Kabir Helminski
Martin Bresnick
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Michael Schwarz
Alex Kronemer
Michael Wolfe
Editor(s) Glen Ebesu
Gail Huddleson
Running time 116 minutes
Production company(s) Kikim Media
Unity Productions Foundation
Distributor KQED
Original network PBS
Original release
  • December 18, 2002 (2002-12-18)

Muhammad: Legacy of the Prophet is a PBS documentary film about the life of the Islamic prophet Muhammad based on historical records and on the stories of living American Muslims who call Muhammad the Messenger of God. It was produced in 2002 by Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe of Unity Productions Foundation and Kikim Media.


Three years in the making, the documentary tells the story of the seventh century prophet who changed world history in 23 years, and continues to shape the lives of more than 1.2 billion people. The film takes viewers not only to the Arabian desert and ancient Middle Eastern sites where Muhammad's story unfolded, but also into the homes, mosques and workplaces of some of America's estimated 7 million Muslims to discover the many ways in which they follow Muhammad's example. Scholars on Islam provide historical context and critical perspective.

Producer and director Michael Schwarz stated;

"There are six to seven million Muslims here in America, where Islam is the country’s fastest growing religion, but many Americans are completely unfamiliar with the life story of the remarkable man who founded this religion 1400 years ago."


Among the people in the film, the following are included:


Funding for Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Arabian Bulk Trade, Sabadia Family Foundation, Irfan Kathwari Foundation, El-Hibri Foundation, Qureishi Family Trust, and many individual contributors.


Muhammad was originally broadcast nationwide on December 18, 2002 on PBS and has since been rebroadcast on well over 600 individual PBS stations. The United States of America (U.S.) viewership is estimated to be over 10 million. The documentary received worldwide broadcast in many languages on National Geographic International in December 2003 and many other countries.


The film is used in thousands of communities, schools, universities, religious congregations, and civic organizations throughout the United States to increase Americans' understanding of Muslims and Islam. Guides to facilitate discussions of the film's themes are available through the 20,000 Dialogues project[2] and the Islam Project.[3] The DVD of the film was re-issued in 2011 and includes the dialogue guide and lesson plans for teachers to use the film in the classroom.

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  1. ^ "Anwar Al-Awlaki in The Legacy of a Prophet". Youtube. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
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