The Olympics in Berlin, Germany. Athletes from many countries competing. Views of exterior of Olympic Stadium in Berlin, and interiors with Olympic flame burning. U.S. captures the men's track and the field title with a total of 203 points to 80 for Finland. A large crowd gathers to watch the events. People cheer and applaud. Men watch through binoculars. Cameramen record the event. Events shown include: Womens Discus, Mens Discus, Marathon, Mens 110 meter hurdle race final (with Forest Towns winning followed by Don Finlay and Fritz Pollard), and a relay race in which Frank Wykoff wins for the United States, breaking the world record of 39.8 seconds. Also shown are Field Hockey, and Diving. Winners shown include the first ever gold medal by a Korean, Sohn Kee-chung, in the marathon. He was running for Japan after Japan's 1910 annexation of Korea. Also British India in Field Hockey is shown playing, University of Michigan diver Richard Degener who won Gold in springboard diving, and Gisela Mauermayer who won the Gold for Germany in women's discus. In Men's Discus, U.S. Gold Medal winner Ken Carpenter from USC is shown, along with Gordon Dunn who won the silver medal in men's discus.
Shia Muslims in India. A religious ceremony in the form of a mourning procession to mark the anniversary of the death of Ali, Mohammed's son in law. People in the streets during the procession. Animals decorated with finery. Men and boys strike their chests with their fists as part of the mourning ritual. In separate sequence, The Taj Mahal in Agra, and the Shalimar Gardens in Lahore, Punjab, British India, are shown.
A map shows spread of Islam in Europe in 1683. A man performs a namaz in Delhi India. Muslims in a mosque perform namaz (Salat). The Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi, India with a large number of people in front of it. They perform namaz (Salat) together.
Day to day events happening in Moslem and Christian religion. The Patriarch of Jerusalem visits Bethlehem protected by Moslem police. Brief scene of American troops going "over the top" from a trench, amidst barbed wire, during a World War I battle. Chinese Moslems in a camel caravan. Polynesians in East India. Indian Moslems in India. Black Moslems in Nigeria. Christian missionaries in an outdoor clinic. Women nurses and doctors treat patients. Mission schools teach tradecrafts. Farmers use bulls to plow fields. A girls' school in Turkey shows girls taking part in home making courses. Girls manage their households.
Marketplace and architecture in the Middle East. North Africa: Civilians walk through the marketplace. They trade with the merchants. Saudi Arabia: artisan sharpens knives. Syria: display of articles in a shop. North India: carts loaded with bags moves through streets. View of Mosques and minarets in Istanbul,Cairo,Yemen and India. Buildings made from sun dried bricks and clay plaster in a village. In Southern Arabia: View of the artistic buildings made from clay. View of modern buildings in Hadhramaut and Yemen.
Slate notes Mohammed's respect for ideas of Christians and Jews. Jews are seen reading from the torah. View of Dome of the Rock,Mosque, Temple Mount, Jerusalem. Other mosques: the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque), seen from the Divan-e Khas, in the Lahore Fort (Shahi Qila), Punjab, British India; and the courtyard of the Grand Mosque of Kairouan, in Tunis, Tunisia . Slate states that Islamic decoration is confined to Arabic script and geometric or floral designs. Architecture of a mosque shows columns, pillars and arches at the side of a courtyard. As previously noted, the columns and the roof of the mosque are decorated only with Arabic script, floral and geometric designs. A decorative grill in a mosque.