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5/5 Gabriele Ferrario unlocks a world of alchemy and magic in the heart of medieval Cairo.
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4/5 Daniel Davies describes the private papers of three very different medieval Egyptians.
3/5 Melonie Schmierer-Lee discovers the varying fortunes of women in medieval Cairo.
2/5 Ben Outhwaite reveals an intercultural trade network across the medieval Mediterrean.
1/5 Esther-Miriam Wagner on discovering the Genizah, medieval manuscripts in a Cairo synagogue
5/5 Professor John Deathridge explores the posthumous reputation of Wagner in the 20th century
4/5 Michael Tanner explores the relationship between Wagner and Friedrich Nietzsche.
3/5 Christopher Janaway explores Wagner's encounter with the philosophy of Schopenhauer.
2/5 AC Grayling focuses on the crucial years before and after the Dresden uprising of 1849.
1/5 Roger Scruton explores the philosophical background that influenced the young Wagner.
5/5 Writer Frederic Raphael recalls living in Greece in the early 1960s.
4/5 Writer Frederic Raphael recalls living in early 1960s Italy.
3/5 Writer Frederic Raphael recalls living in Franco's Spain during the late 1950s.
2/5 Frederic Raphael recalls his life as a young writer in the post-war Paris of Sartre.
1/5 Writer Frederic Raphael recalls living in wartime Britain as a boy.
5/5 David Walton on the tricky legal struggle to protect Antarctica from humans' activity. (R)
4/5 Paleoclimatologist Jane Francis discusses her time in the Antarctic. (R)
3/5 John Sweeny on his desperate efforts to find a new home for Antarctica's last huskies. (R)
2/5 Writer Meredith Hooper witnesses the plight of penguins affected by climate change. (R)
1/5 Glaciologist David Drewry on his adventurous efforts to survey Antarctica's landscape. (R)
1/5 Alastair Campbell on how self-doubt can be a remarkable source of energy and creativity. (R)
4/5 American poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht argues doubt is 'a beautiful thing'. (R)
3/5 Journalist and writer Madeleine Bunting discusses religious doubt. (R)