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Six Pillars to Persia

[Repeated from Wednesday 9pm.] Fari Bradley focuses on areas that, in antiquity, were touched by the Persian Empire; contemporary Iranian, Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian sound, art and culture. Today: the first of a two part series from the British Academy "The past as propaganda: The Mongol ‘World History’." Professor Robert Hillenbrand FBA FRSE discusses the fragmentary copy of Rashid al-Din’s World History held in the University of Edinburgh’s Library. An extreme rarity, huge in size, it contains fantastical and lavish illustrations dating from 1314. Perhaps the world’s most valuable illustrated Islamic manuscript, this lecture explores its art-historical significance, its multiracial and multi-confessional flavour, with Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and shamanistic elements that aptly reflect the largest continuous land empire in world history that was the Mongols. Featuring Biblical figures, the Prophet Muhammad and the mythical past of Greece, Arabia and Iran, the manuscript breaks new ground, while its propagandist intent is expressed in courtly and battle scenes galore. Visit sixpillars.org for more information.

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2:30pm - 3:30pm


A programme of multiple agendas presented by William English. This week: On the eve of the inauguration of President Trump, Wavelength attemptsto make sense of anything, and fails. Continuing with spoken text pieces and wordcraft; Dialectics of Liberation; Consciousness and Practical Action by Allen Ginsberg, Haxan, Witchcraft through the Ages narrated by William Burroughs; Chinese Menu/Car Insurance by Adam Bohman; It Was a Time of Laboured Metaphors by Kate Carr, and a melange of futility. [Repeated Sunday 9am.]

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7:00pm - 8:00pm

Literary London

Nick Hennegan explores the literary life of London and celebrates the popular cultural life and literary history of the city. Tonight Nick presents live performances, of 10 minute extracts of four new new plays, recorded in Ealing. Next time we hear the post-recording discussion and you are asked to VOTE for your favourite at AirPlayScript.com. For more information visit LondonLiteraryPubCrawl.com. [Repeated Wednesday 7am.]

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8:00pm - 9:00pm

Clear Spot

Music from the Kammer Klang concert series, presented by Louis d'Heudieres and comprising Tuvan special music by Ayan-ool Sam, Alash Ensemble and Ryoko Sharvani Suzuki. See kammerklang.co.uk for more details. [Repeated Monday 9am.]

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