International Review

Matthew Sweet entertains guests from Ghana, Italy, India and Egypt to discuss Saladin, a new book by Anne-Marie Eddé which aims to give the fullest picture to date of the Muslim leader, a legend both in Europe and the Arab world. They also discuss the legacy of the Crusades and whether comparisons with contemporary events are justified.
The panel also swap notes on Nanni Moretti's latest film "We have a Pope", out in the UK this week. The movie tells the story of a reluctant Pope, who despite having been chosen by his peers, does not feel he is up to the job.
And why has the world forgotten Rabindranath Tagore? This year marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Bengal's literary giant, the first Asian recipient of the Nobel Prize; but yet while his work was celebrated worldwide during his life, he has since largely fallen out of favour in the West. The panel assesses whether we should rediscover him.

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Tue 6 Dec 2011 22:00

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