On Episode #42 of the Book Talk Today podcast we are joined by Justin Marozzi
Tom is the Founding Partner at Global Optimism, and co-author The Future We Choose. He is a political strategist focussed on a better future.
Justin is a travel writer, historian, journalist and communications expert. Justin is a regular contributor to a wide range of national and international publications where he writes on international affairs, the Muslim world, defence and security issues.
📚 The growth of Islamic Empires across over time.
📚 Recent events in Kabul and how it relates to history.
📚 Hypocrisy within Islamic History.
Justin’s book is 'Islamic Empires: That Cities That Shaped Civilisation From Mecca to Dubai.'
[0:00] - Intro
[1:40] - Justin experiences visiting these countries
[4:35] - The aftermath of the Arab Spring
[6:26] - Recent events in Kabul
[15:28] - The impact of different sects in Islam
[20:47] - 14th Century Samarkand
[22:49] - What role did the 'Silk Road' play?
[24:22] - Islamic cities being way ahead of their Western Counterparts
[27:23] - How was Cordoba able to transform into a Muslim city?
[33:22] - Women's rights in the new Afghanistan
[35:39] - Markets being a centre of Islamic Culture
[37:39] - Hypocrisy in Islamic history
[42:10] - Sectarian Clashes in Beirut
[44:46] - The dividing nature of Dubai
[50:37] - The meeting of new and old in the Arab world
[52:12] - What might a 22nd Century Islamic City look like?
[1:01:14] - Modern infrastructure development in Mecca
[1:05:01] - The ruling family and clerics in Saudi Arabia
[1:06:48] - Individuals using religion for personal gain
[1:08:13] - Outro