East and West, Islam and Christianity – there are more similarities between these cultures than we think. This program traces the history of Islam in the light of its reception in the West. It reconstructs the multi-cultural world of the 7th century between Mecca, the Mediterranean and the Persian Golf. It conjures up the golden age of Islam in the Middle Ages. And it portrays the decline of Islamic culture in the 13th and 14th centuries, and Christianity's efforts to dominate Islamic nations.