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Back up to: The Essay
20/20 Kamila Shamsie discusses Lubna of Cordoba, a female intellectual from the 10th century.
19/20 Narguess Farzad celebrates the much loved 13th-century Persian poet Al-Rumi.
18/20 Historian Jonathan Phillips reassesses the influence of 12th-century hero Saladin.
17/20 Dr Amira Bennison considers the intellectual powerhouses of Baghdad and Cairo.
16/20 Professor Charles Burnett considers the philosopher Ibn Rushd.
15/20 Professor Mona Siddiqui discusses religious thinker and mystic Al-Ghazali.
14/20 Dr Simonetta Calderini discusses Al Hakim, the controversial Egyptian imam-caliph.
13/20 Professor James Montgomery discusses the Islamic scholar Al-Biruni.
12/20 Dr Sussan Babaie discusses the architectural glories of the Islamic world.
11/20 Dr Tony Street assesses the great philosopher and physician Avicenna.
10/20 Professor Peter Adamson discusses the great Muslim philosopher Al-Farabi.
9/20 Hugh Kennedy discusses the life and times of the great historian of early Islam, al-Tabari
8/20 Professor James Montgomery discusses the life and work of Arab philosopher Al-Kindi.
7/20 Jim Al-Khalili explores the legacy of mathematician and astronomer al-Khwarizmi.
6/20 Narguess Farzad of SOAS discusses Persian poetesses Rabia Balkhi and Mahsati Ganjavi.
5/20 Julia Bray explores the figure of Harun al-Rashid from the Thousand and One Night tales.
4/20 Jonathan Bloom explains how Islamic scholars and thinkers became early adopters of paper.
3/20 Baroness Sayeeda Warsi gives her personal take on Persian scholar Imam Bukhari.
2/20 Professor Robert Gleave discusses Ali ibn Abi Talib and the origins of Shia Islam.
1/20 Professor Hugh Kennedy explains how the Islamic state was established.