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Under the Spell of Islam

Jordan, 1997

The Kingdom of Jordan has manoeuvred itself very cleverly through the shifting sands of religious politics in the Middle East. Until now, it has been able to keep Islamic fundamentalism at bay. By not banning the Muslim Brotherhood – in fact – they are members of the Jordanian parliament, King Hussein has been able to control them, by bringing them into the fold. However, King Hussein’s peace treaty with Israel has caused a lot of upset and has jeopardized his balancing act. After all, 60 % of the Jordanian population are Palestinians. An undercurrent of hatred has gripped the country. Children are particularly susceptible and they are now, in the name of Islam, being brought up to hate Israel.

a film by Gordian Troeller
in cooperation with Schirin Fathi
original title: Im Banne des Islams
camera: Gordian Troeller
sound: Schirin Fathi, Brigitte Dahm-Bauchwitz
editor: Dietlind Frank, Martin Hüsges
colour
30 minutes

The film only exists in the German version.

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