In a series about key thinkers and achievements from the Islamic Golden Age, writer Kamila Shamsie explores the life of Lubna of Cordoba, an intellectual from the tenth century.
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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