On Wednesday (7 April) Empress Farah of Iran toured Hampton Court - a famous and beautiful former royal residence near London.
GV PAN EXTERIOR Hampton Court
SV & CU Empress of Iran touring Hampton Court (3 shots)
SV Ornamental gardens & fountain
SV Empress shakes hands with officials & drives away
GV PAN EXTERIOR Royal Commonwealth Society (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR H.E. Sadiq Al-Mehdi speaking
"Who succeeds the prophet, and what is the nature of the authority, is a question which led to controversy in the world of Islam. Two views, one particularistic (Arabic word), that is to say the Shiah, maintains that (Arabic word) was the rightful successor to the prophet by designation, being the (arabic word) and that succession to that office must be confined to his offspring and the offspring of Fatima (Arabic word) and that those demands had a special spiritual authority, that is to say they conceived a dynastic (Arabic word). The (Arabic word) took an opposite view and held that the (Arabic word) is to be appointed by the community. That he will have no genealogical qualifications and no special authority, that he had to be a (Arabic word), and so that this was a republican view.
In between these two dynastic and republican view the rest of the community held that he is to be appointed by the community, that he should be a (Arabic word), that he should have this discretionary authority on matters unspecified in the text."
This film is serviced with a part of Sadiq Al Mehdi's speech. A transcript follows.
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Background: On Wednesday (7 April) Empress Farah of Iran toured Hampton Court - a famous and beautiful former royal residence near London.
The Empress is on an official visit to London, during which she will open some of the exhibits in the World of Islam Festival.
The Festival covers a wide range of Islamic art, science, technology, music and religion. Many of the exhibits have never been seen in the West before.
While the Empress was enjoying the spring sunshine at Hampton Court, a group of British schoolchildren found themselves walking down a son-splashed African street, over silvery sand and past gaily decorated mud-walled houses.
The were visiting a life-size reconstruction of a street in Zaria, one of the ancient city-states in Northern Nigeria. The reconstruction has been erected at the British Commonwealth Institute as part of the festival.
The main centre for the Islamic festival is the Royal Commonwealth Society building in London, and it is there that the World Conference of Islam is being held.
The main speaker on Wednesday was Sadiq Al Mehdi, a former Prime Minister of Sudan and a fellow of St. Anthony's College at Oxford University, England.
SYNOPSIS: Empress Farah of Iran continued her official visit to London with a tour of historic Hampton Court on Wednesday. During the Empress's visit to Britain show will open some of the exhibits in the World of Islam Festival, which continues over the next three months. The Festival covers a wide range of Islamic culture, including arts, science, music and technology. There are also exhibits which seek to explain the religion of Islam.
while the Empress was enjoying the spring sunshine at Hampton Court, a group of British schoolchildren found themselves walking down a sun-splashed African street - part of a life-sized reconstruction of an ancient North African city, which is also a festival exhibit. It's been built at the British Commonwealth Institute.
The biggest Islamic conference ever staged in Europe is running simultaneously with the festival. On Wednesday, the main speaker was the former Prime Minister of Sudan, Sadiq Al-Mehdi