Countries visited in this 3 part documentary series are: PALESTINE-TURKEY-BOSNIA-EGYPT-USA.
The prophet Abraham is central to the three major monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In the post 9/11 world, entrenched religious belief is often seen as a key factor in a "clash of civilisations" - Christians, Muslims and Jews locked into an age-old struggle. Yet, despite the promise that "all the tribes of the earth shall be blessed by you", his descendants have often resembled a squabbling, dysfunctional family.
In this thought-provoking three-part series, Mark Dowd, a Catholic who trained to be a Franciscan Friar, embarks on a very personal journey to the Holy Land, Egypt, Turkey, Bosnia and the USA to explore the shared roots and deep enmities of the three faiths, and to discover if there is hope in a shared future.
On his journey Dowd meets zealots from all faiths. From the American Christian in Texas on death row for the murder of people he thought were Muslim; the Jewish convert to Islam now living in Israel who praises suicide bombings; and the Jewish campaigner for the rebuilding of a Jewish temple in Jerusalem who believes that the third holiest site in Islam, The Dome of the Rock, should be broken up and put in an envelope and sent back to Mecca.
Dowd's journey of discovery is an attempt to grapple with the big questions: Why, if there is one God, are there three so-called monotheistic faiths? Why do some people abuse religion to demonise their enemies while others build bridges to their enemies? And why have the "children of Abraham" often fallen so short of the legacy of unity that was promised to the prophet?
Children of Abraham, explores the 3 faiths, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. And the journalist, Mark Doud, speaks to various people in these three communities........ including Joseph Cohen (Yusuf al-Khattab).. the orthodox Jew from New York, who migrated to Israel with his Jewish family, and later became Muslim and now lives in East Jerusalem.
MORE INFORMATION ON YUSUF AL-KHATTAB: (is featured in 2nd file)
"Like many religious immigrants, Khatab was drawn to Shas, a religiously oriented, right-wing party. He found a job selling computer software that promoted Judaism.
In the course of his work, he became friends with a Palestinian in Jerusalem's Old City. He was amazed at how generous and kind this rather poor man was to him, a religious Jew. His Palestinian friend gently encouraged him to think about Islam and Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
"The biggest crime was to be born Palestinian, born Arab, born not Jewish," he says now.
One day, Khatab met a Muslim cleric from the United Arab Emirates in an online chat room about Israel, and the two men spent the night exchanging ideas.
Soon Khatab was spending his Sabbath on his sun porch, reading the Quran. In late 2000, as the current round of the Intifada was starting, he converted to Islam. He soon convinced his wife that this was the path for her, too.
Recently, the family found itself the target of Yad Lachem, a group that opposes the conversion of Jews to other faiths. The family had to move and Khatab asks that his new neighborhood be kept secret."
The documentary covers a lot of ground, and is almost 3 hours in total
the dvd is like new i do not have the hard cover