Episode 15. Rethinking Identities: Iran & Beyond – Sussan Babaie and Seif El Rashidi

Babaie discusses misconceptions and stereotypes regarding our past and own cultures.

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Episode 14. China & the Other – Nixi Cura and Juan de Lara

Cura gives us a comprehensible insight on how China has dealt with different ethnicities and minorities

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Episode 13. The Sanctuary at the Heart of Islam – Simon O’Meara and Seif El Rashidi

O’Meara shares a fascinating conversation about the Kaaba

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Episode 12. A Game of Thrones – Tarek Swelim and Seif El Rashidi

Swelim shares a remarkable time in history full of political conflict, intrigue and of course, beauty: Mamluk Egypt.

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Episode 11. Storytelling: The Art of Greater Being – Alia Alzougbi and Juan de Lara

An inspiring and thought-provoking tale about individuality, self-overcoming and our role in community. 

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Episode 10. The Forgotten Kingdoms of India – Navina Haidar and Seif El Rashidi

Haidar takes us to a journey to discover the wealth and riches of the Sultanates of the Deccan

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Episode 9. World Trade & Art: The Malay World- Michael Backman and Juan de Lara

Michael reveals the importance and key role of the Malay world in the history of art, economy and business

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Episode 8. The Fascination of Islam – Anna Contadini and Juan de Lara

Anna Contadini takes us to an evocative journey to discover the fascination that Islamic art inspired in Europe

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Episode 7. The Crusades Monarchs and Merchants – Scott Redford and Seif El Rashidi

Scott Redford shows us how the Crusades were more than violence and Holy War

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Episode 6. The Gardens of Palestine – Lara Zureikat and Seif El Rashidi

Lara Zureikat talks about the sweet smell of rosemary and the fragrance of thyme in this epic project in Palestine.

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Episode 5. Ottoman Complexities – Edhem Eldem and Juan de Lara

Edhem Eldem reflects on the past, multiculturalism and orientalism taking the Ottoman Empire as a case study.

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Episode 4. God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty – Doris  Behrens Abouseif and Seif El Rashidi

Doris B. Abouseif shares her research on concepts of beauty and objects from the Islamic past

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Episode 3. Art in Peril – Layla S. Diba and Juan de Lara

Layla S. Diba narrates her experiences directing the Negarestan Museum in Tehran—and how it was erased from history.

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Episode 2. Can we learn from the past? Nasser O. Rabbat and Seif El Rashidi

With COVID-19 the world seems to navigate towards the unknown. However, we might be able to learn from history?

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Episode 1. Islamic Art at The British Museum – Venetia Porter and Juan de Lara

How institutions are reacting to coronavirus and what is making the young further engage with culture?

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