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When Gibran Khalil Gibran was 12 years old, he boarded a ship from Lebanon to the United States with his mother and three siblings. Within a few years only two of them would be alive. Shaped by loss and a distrust of religious and political powers, Gibran's insatiable rebellious soul would go on to create his seminal work, The Prophet. But it didn’…
 
As an Iranian woman, writing poetry about her own love and lust launched Forough Farrokhzad into infamy. She broke the barriers of sex and society in her poetry, but would suffer for it during her short life. Sin would get her in trouble but it would also be her ultimate salvation. So too for those desperate to read about it. Support the show: http…
 
In a single move, Huda Shaarawi cemented her legacy in Egypt's women's movement. She stepped down from a train in Cairo and before a crowd, pulled back her veil. For an upper-class woman in 1923, revealing her face was a daring and decisive act. But Huda wasn't afraid of pushing the social norms. Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts…
 
Few are born with as much natural charm and talent as Omar Sharif. The Egyptian actor, with his gap-toothed grin, catapulted to international fame with leading roles in epic Hollywood films such as Dr Zhivago. But a gambling addiction and temper would leave its mark on his third act in life. Still, as dramatic as his opening scene in Lawrence of Ar…
 
How many entertainers can hold an audience’s attention for hours with a single song? Egypt’s Umm Kulthum could, but she was extraordinary - conservative, strategic and positively revered by the masses. This is the rags-to-riches story of the Star of the East. Umm Kulthum at the height of her fame was a magnet for Egypt’s upper class, preeminent poe…
 
Thousands arrested, injured, killed. The price for a revolution in Egypt was high, but when millions across the country protested for change well, anything was possible, right? Gone was Egypt’s strongman and in his place, an unlikely leader. Mohamed Morsi - the “spare tire” of a political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood - was in. He was to be a pres…
 
Dalida broke the glass ceiling for women in the music industry. Her superstar status has even been compared to the likes of Madonna and Céline Dion, but for a woman loved by so many, Dalida never found her one enduring love. One tragedy after another would follow her throughout her life until her death at aged 54. What a life she left behind. Suppo…
 
Both Egypt and Israel say they were happy with his work, but Ashraf Marwan died under mysterious circumstances. So, someone was unhappy. A spy for Israel and possibly a double agent working for Egypt. Whose interests did he have at heart? On the day he fell to his death from a balcony in the heart of London, Ashraf Marwan made several frantic phone…
 
Saddam Hussein was reviled and loved, and not necessarily in equal measure. His supporters say the Iraqi president was “just in his injustice”, but his victims would tell a very different story. In 2003, his near quarter of a century rule came to an end when invading US forces found him hiding near his hometown of Tikrit. Saddam was tried on charge…
 
Eccentric, demanding and unapologetic, Dame Zaha Hadid was one of the most innovative architects in modern times, even though her designs and her temperament weren’t for everyone. Decades after moving to the UK from Iraq, she would finally find her place in this male-dominated industry, but she wouldn’t have long to enjoy it. Support the show: http…
 
TE Lawrence became one of the most famous figures to emerge from World War I. Not so much for his role as a British intelligence officer. Nor his role in the Arab Revolt. Instead, it was because of an international photo exhibit of a young British man in traditional Arab white robes, riding a camel across the deserts of the Arab world. Whether he r…
 
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