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Podcasts from Spectator writers
Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said by Timothy Brennan reviewed
By Justin Marozzi
God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World by Alan Mikhail reviewed
Someone should write a book about the utterly dispiriting architecture of the Global War on Terror
‘I built up a really nice business over 10 years and then they came in like gangsters and took it all away’
The Arabian Nights has inspired more than 70 movies, from silent ballet and Scooby Doo to Pasolini’s picaresque eroticism
Arabia: A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East by Levison Wood reviewed
William Atkins uncovers the many guises of the desert with much imagination, insight and wit.
Edward Said — a lonely prophet of doom
How film fell for caliphs and slave girls
In just eight years Selim I became ‘God’s Shadow on Earth’
In Afghanistan, Trump and the Taliban want the same thing – Americans out
The day Turkish democracy died
The Empty Quarter is a great refuge for lonely hearts
Thought-provoking commentary and opinion on politics, books and the arts.