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The Nomad State — with Marie Favereau

The Nomad State — with Marie Favereau

“History is not a simple lesson. You cannot just take the 13th century and say, ‘Okay, we should do that now.’ It was a different world, but it's important to know that it was not always like this. And I think the nomadic experience in life and culture and politics and all gives us so many different views of how we can organize ourselves as human societies.”

The Cold War Afterlife of Nazi Spies — with Danny Orbach

The Cold War Afterlife of Nazi Spies — with Danny Orbach

“The nature of war is hatred and fury, but it’s mitigated very quickly when a new enemy comes to the scene. The idea that we should chase all of these Nazis and punish all of them, was wrong. Because it meant that while there was still rage, while the war was still remembered, the Allies wasted their time hunting all sorts of small fry. If you really want to punish war criminals, choose the people who were the worst and focus on them. The people who operated the gas chambers, the concentration camp guards — if those people were executed, I would have been happy to pardon all other Germans.”

A Tourist’s Guide to the Middle Ages — with Amira Bennison

A Tourist’s Guide to the Middle Ages — with Amira Bennison

“There are tales of a statue in Cadiz which speaks, or cities of bronze in the desert. I don't think that people in the past were necessarily naive or necessarily taken in by these kinds of stories, but the world was much more mysterious. There were lots of places where most people had never been and would never go and really weren't quite sure whether these things existed or not.”

History’s Long Afterlife — with Priyamvada Gopal

History’s Long Afterlife — with Priyamvada Gopal

“I tend to use the word ‘afterlife’ rather than ‘the past’, because I think that things that have happened in history have a life in the present. It’s ongoing.”

How Nomads Changed the World — with Anthony Sattin

How Nomads Changed the World — with Anthony Sattin

“I’ve never met a nomad who wanted to have more, in terms of possessions. But I’ve met an awful lot of people who live in cities who wish they lived more lightly.” Historian and travel writer Anthony Sattin joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai to talk about how nomads changed history — and why their contribution has yet to be fully recognized.

The Story of a Jurist’s Loves in Islamic Spain

The Story of a Jurist’s Loves in Islamic Spain

For centuries, the Andalusian jurist Ibn Hazm has been best known for his dry, austere Quranic interpretations. Yet there was another side to him, one best displayed in a little-known book he wrote called “The Ring of the Dove.” This side of Ibn Hazm has long puzzled historians, but the motivation behind the book — and the reason for its extraordinary sensitivity — lies in his unusual upbringing among women.