Lubna of Cordoba

The Essay, The Islamic Golden Age Episode 20 of 20
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The Islamic Golden Age (c. 750-1258 CE) rediscovered through portraits of key figures and events. In tonight's essay, award-winning writer Kamila Shamsie looks at the life of Lubna of Cordoba. She leaves traces in fragments of records: one says she was the royal library acquisitions expert, another suggests she was private secretary to al-Hakam II. What's not in doubt is that she had a fine and piercing intellect and moved in some of the most interesting circles of the day.

Producer: Sarah Taylor.

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Wed 5 Aug 2015 21:45

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