Islamic History Episodes

History relating to Islam
June 6, 2022

The Last Muslim King Of Spain, Part 3: Thy Kingdom Come

"He bore the impending demise of his religion, culture and way of life" Boabdil had earned his bloody throne. But there was little time to celebrate. As the armies of Christendom camped outside the last Islamic stronghold in Spain, its …

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May 23, 2022

The Last Muslim King Of Spain, Part 2: Eye Of The Storm

"Stop, stop! Don't kill him you fool, that's the Moorish King!" Boabdil's path to the throne had not been easy. He had been pressured into overthrowing his father by his mother and was captured during his first battle. After being …

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May 9, 2022

The Last Muslim King Of Spain, Part 1: Kingdom In Crisis

"You cry like a woman, for what you couldn't defend as a man" Boabdil was heir to a dying kingdom. In the 15th century, Granada was the last Muslim state in Spain. For 250 years it survived, living in the …

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Dec. 20, 2021

The Sword Of Allah, Khalid ibn al-Walid (Part 2)

Khalid ibn al-Walid's life had taken a full 360 turn. Throwing family tradition aside he'd embraced Islam and helped Muhammad smash the old idols he had once worshipped. He was quickly becoming The Prophet's favoured general, who gave him the …

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Dec. 6, 2021

The Sword Of Allah, Khalid ibn al-Walid (Part 1)

Khalid was a member of the aristocracy in the Arabian trading city of Mecca. When a local named Muhammad began claiming he was the Prophet of God, Khalid and his family fought tooth and nail to stamp out his movement. …

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Nov. 22, 2021

The Last Afghan Empire of Ahmad Shah Durrani (Part 2)

Ahmad Shah Durrani had made his mark. Every tribesman in Afghanistan recognised him as King. In Delhi, the Grand Mughal cowered behind his peacock thrown, in fear of what the Afghan warlord would do next. But all was not well …

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Nov. 8, 2021

The Last Afghan Empire of Ahmad Shah Durrani (Part 1)

Who was Ahmad Shah Durrani? Ahmad Shah Durrani was an Afghan chieftain who rose to power leading Persian armies in the 18th century. After his Persian overlord was murdered he threw off the yoke of oppression and declared an independent …

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April 6, 2021

Afghanistan: Chatting with Madina

In this very special episode, I chat with the Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Granddaughter of Ahmad Shah Duranni, whose story I covered on our Afghanistan episode! Madina and I chat about her lineage, family and enduring legacy …

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Jan. 25, 2021

Abu Tahir Al-Jannabi, The Muslim Who Sacked Mecca

Abu Tahir was the leader of a mystical offshoot of mainstream Islam known as 'The Qarmatians'. He created a kind of 'proto-communist' enclave on the Arabian peninsula, and successfully defended it from the Abbasid Caliphate. But soon his hatred of …

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Dec. 6, 2020

Imadaddin Nasimi, The Poet Martyr

Imadaddin Nasimi wrote heretical poetry in 14th century Azerbaijan. Despite being banned, his altruistic poetry was incredibly popular and helped give rise to the Azerbaijani language. He evaded capture for many years but when he saw a man being tortured …

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