Former BBC journalist will tell the story of Muhammad

Rageh Omaar will be back on BBC screens next month presenting a three part series on The Life of Muhammad

The former BBC World Affairs correspondent currently works for Al Jazeera English and says he is thrilled to have been asked to front the groundbreaking programmes about Muhammad, starting on BBC Two in mid July.

He re-traces the Prophet's footsteps, from his humble beginnings in Mecca, to the founding of the Islamic constitution, through to his death and legacy.

Rageh Omaar

In line with Islamic tradition the series, commissioned from Crescent Films by Aaqil Ahmed, commissioning editor Religion and head of Religion & Ethics, does not depict any images of the face of Muhammad, or feature any dramatic reconstructions of Muhammad's life.

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Filmed on location in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, Turkey, Syria, the USA, the UK and Jordan, the series draws on comment from leading academics and commentators on Islam, including Tariq Ramadan (academic and fellow of St Anthony's College, Oxford), Ziauddin Sardar (writer and broadcaster), and Amira K Bennison (senior lecturer in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Cambridge University).

'I hope that my series will - for many - shine a light on the very beginning of Islam, taking viewers to the heart of this faith, illustrating just how Muhammad's life and legacy is as important today as it was a over a thousand years ago,' says Omaar.

Describing the broadcasts as 'very timely, Aaqil Ahmed says: 'For some people in the UK, Muhammad is just a name, and I hope this series will go some way to explaining who he was, how he lived, what his prophetic message was, and how all of this compares to his legacy today.'

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