Whose Crusade? Media, Muslims and the “Kingdom of Heaven”

Filmed at the University of Southern California
April 18, 2005

Journalism professor Diane Winston, USC Annenberg’s Knight Chair in Media and Religion, leads a panel discussion with scholars, religious leaders, and film critics about the soon-to-be-released film Kingdom of Heaven, directed by Ridley Scott. Panelists include Aymen Khalifa, a cultural consultant on Islamic issues; John Aberth, historian and author of “A Knight at the Movies: Medieval History on Film”; and Reuven Firestone, professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and author of “Jihad: The Origin of Holy War In Islam.” This event is co-sponsored by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, the Office of Relgious Life, the School of Cinema-Television, the School of Religion, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the TriBeCa Film Festival.

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