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Vali Nasr, Alfred Russel Wallace, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Mount Fuji

Rana Mitter talks to Vali Nasr about his book 'The Dispensable Nation - American Foreign Policy in Retreat' plus Jim Endersby, Sandy Knapp and Peter Raby on Alfred Russel Wallace.

Rana Mitter talks to Washington insider Vali Nasr about his new book 'The Dispensable Nation - American Foreign Policy in Retreat.'

The reputation of Alfred Russel Wallace, co-founder with Darwin of the Theory of Natural Selection, has now regained its former lustre; science historian, Jim Endersby, botanist, Sandy Knapp and biographer, Peter Raby discuss why one of Victorian Britain's greatest scientists and celebrities fell into a long 20th century obscurity.

Ibrahim El-Salahi has a major retrospective at Tate Modern and exhibition curator, Salah Hassan explains the Sudanese artist's crucial role in the evolution of the reputation of African Art.

Mount Fuji has finally gained World Heritage Status - Martin Dusinberre, cultural critic, explains its central role in Japanese culture.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Vali Nasr

    Rana Mitter talks to Washington insider Vali Nasr about American foreign policy.

    Duration: 14:10

  • Alfred Russel Wallace

    Disucussion about why one of Britain's greatest Victorian scientists fell into obscurity.

    Duration: 13:41

  • Mount Fuji

    Martin Dusinberre, cultural critic, explains Mount Fuji's central role in Japanese culture

    Duration: 06:44

  • Ibrahim El-Salahi

    Exhibition curator Salah Hassan explains the Sudanese artist's crucial role in African Art

    Duration: 09:33

Vali Nasr

Vali Nasr

The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat by Vali Nasr is published by Doubleday Books.

Photograph © Kaveh Sardari.

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist is on at the Tate Modern, London 3 July – 22 September 2013.

Photograph © Ibrahim El-Salahi and Tate

 

This exhibition is on display in conjunction with the Shubbak Festival a window into contemporary Arab culture.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest Vali Nasr
Interviewed Guest Jim Endersby
Interviewed Guest Sandra Knapp
Interviewed Guest Peter Raby

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