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Title The judge and the fanatic [videorecording] : Koranic duels against terror : a film / written, directed and edited by Dagmar Diebels, Tom Meffert ; produced by Tom Meffert, Dieter Zeppenfeld.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 videodisc (ca. 52 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Series The cutting edge
Cutting edge (Television program)
Notes Off-air recording of the SBS programme broadcast 03/01/06. Copied under Part 5A of the Copyright Act 1968
Colour recording system: PAL ; Region all.
'a Zinnober film in co-production with WDR, Germany, NMO, the Netherlands, and association with SBS TV, Australia, supported by Filmstiftung NRW.'
Contents Copyright notice: Commonwealth of Australia. Copyright Regulations. 1969. Warning.
Performers Narration and English translation, Pete Bereza.
Summary Presents a study on the approaches of two men in trying to deal with religious extremists, in Yemen today. They are Hamoud al Hitar, one of the country's leading judges and Chairman of the Yemeni Organisation for Human Rights; and Rashad Mohammed Said, a former commander of Yemeni Mujahedeen in Kandahar and a former prisoner who was redeemed by Judge Hitar. Islam has had a profound influence on Yemen and its culture. Everything in Yemen revolves around the Koran and the legal system is based on it. No judgement may contradict the Koran. Traditional guardians and protectors of the laws are the Ulama, the council of legal and religious scholars. The most popular among them is Judge Hitar, one of those who want to impart their interpretation of Islam in Yemeni prisons. There, they conduct dialogues with religious extremists, trying to convince them of the peaceful and tolerant nature of Islam. Shows the effect of terrorist acts committed in Yemen on the country's economy and reputation, like the bombing of US destroyer USS Cole in 2000 and the French super tanker Limburg, two years later. The Yemenis have worked fervently to be seen fighting terrorism, with initial successes. Judge Hitar's approach to dealing with jailed Islamists prompted the German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to pay him a visit, while on a rare official visit to Yemen.
Original Version First released: [Germany] : Zinnober ... [et al.], c2005.
System notes DVD
Language notes Closed-captioned, narrated in English; Arabic dialogues, with English subtitles.
Other author Diebels, Dagmar.
Meffert, Tom.
Zeppenfeld, Dieter.
Bereza, Pete.
Subject Koran -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- Yemen
Islam -- Relations
Islam and culture -- Yemen
Islam and state -- Yemen
Islam and politics -- Yemen
Islam and terrorism -- Yemen
Islamic fundamentalism -- Yemen
Islamic law -- Yemen
Terrorism -- Yemen
Terrorism -- Religious aspects -- Islam
Yemen -- Social life and customs
Variant Title Koranic duels against terror