A Road to Mecca – The Journey of Muhammad Asad (Documentary)

2008, 92/58 min
Director: Georg Misch
DOP: Joerg Burger
Producer: Mischief films,
ORF, arte, NMO

In the early 1920s Leopold Weiss, a Jew born in Lemberg, traRoad to Mecca_prizevelled to the Middle East. The desert fascinated him, and Islam became his new spiritual home. He left his Jewish roots behind, converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Asad. He became one of the most important Muslims of the 20th century, first as an advisor at the royal court of Saudi Arabia, and later translating the Koran into English. Asad was also a co-founder of Pakistan and its ambassador to the UN. The director follows his fading footsteps, leading from the Arabian desert to Ground Zero. He finds a man who was not looking for adventures but rather wanted to act as a mediator between East and West. “A Road To Mecca” takes this opportunity to deal with a heated debate which is currently becoming more and more important.