“There is no ‘Clash of Civilizations’ between the Muslim World and the West. There is only a clash of ignorance.”
Out of Cordoba is a documentary film, directed by Jacob Bender and produced by Mr. Bender and MLK Producciones of Malaga, Spain, that explores some of the most vexing questions of our time: Is there a “clash of civilizations” between the West and the Islamic world? Are Jews and Muslims eternal enemies, incapable of peaceful coexistence? Does religious faith lead inevitably to xenophobia and violence?
Out of Cordoba confronts these issues through an exploration of the lives and writings of the two most important thinkers to emerge from medieval Muslim Spain: Averroes the Muslim, and his Jewish counterpart, Rabbi Moses Maimonides. The 82-minute film explores the legacy of these two philosophers, as well as their contemporary importance for interfaith relations, and especially for Muslims, Jews, and Christians struggling against religious extremism.
Out of Cordoba is a timely and powerful plea for greater interfaith understanding in our troubled and often violent times. Click here to request a screening.
Out of Cordoba was screened at UNITED NATIONS Headquarters in New York on February 3, 2011. Read more.
“Out of Cordoba is a masterpiece.”
Executive Director, Muslim American Society
“This is a must-see film, a rich prophetic voice in a noisy world.”
Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam, Hebrew Union College; Co-Director of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, University of Southern California
Read Jacob Bender’s “Letter-to-the-Editor” published in The New York Times.