BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3
Broadcast: Sunday 16th November 2008 @ 8:00 p.m.
As war swirls around them, three important figures in the history of the Middle and Near East are brought together in fierce debate: how can a successful society be built, and what does it need to do to endure?
"Tamburlaine" is based on the last years of the 14th-century conqueror's life, as it draws together three of the most important figures in the history of the Middle and Near East – Tamburlaine, the Islamic tyrant and conqueror who ravaged the middle and far east, and two of his contemporaries: Ibn Khaldun, the world's first sociologist, and Hafez, the great Sufi mystic and poet.
"Tambulaine: Shadow of God" is a blood-soaked history and a serious debate, exploring three very different views of the philosophy on which a successful society should be built, and the values it needs to espouse in order to endure.
With John Rowe [Ibn Khaldun], Jeffery Kissoon [Tambulaine], Conleth Hill [Hafez], Jonathan Tafler [Mulk], Inam Mirza [Jahongir], Stephen Critchlow [Hosni, the Torturer], Dan Starkey [The Vizier], and Donnla Hughes [Hafez's Wife].
Other parts were played by Gunnar Cauthery, Robert Lonsdale, and Chris Pavlo.
Directed by Marc Beeby.
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