14 episodes

They're history’s most famous and infamous people. You’ve heard of them, but now it’s time you hear from them.

Hindsight Al Jazeera Podcasts

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    • 4.9 • 48 Ratings

They're history’s most famous and infamous people. You’ve heard of them, but now it’s time you hear from them.

    Gibran Khalil Gibran: The Rebellious Soul

    Gibran Khalil Gibran: The Rebellious Soul

    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’t come without sacrifice. 

    “...the timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness…”

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    • 34 min
    Forough Farrokhzad: The Rebel Poet

    Forough Farrokhzad: The Rebel Poet

    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. 

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    • 32 min
    Rumi: The Journey

    Rumi: The Journey

    Without knowing it, you have probably heard of or read Rumi’s words before. Perhaps you were between pain and letting go or wanting and finding love. Wherever you are, the story and words of this great 13th-century Persian poet still expresses what we feel today.

    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there”.

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    • 34 min
    Huda Shaarawi: Groundbreaking Egyptian Feminist

    Huda Shaarawi: Groundbreaking Egyptian Feminist

    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. 

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    • 35 min
    Omar Sharif: The Egyptian Prince of Hollywood

    Omar Sharif: The Egyptian Prince of Hollywood

    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 Arabia, listening to the story of Omar Sharif’s life is also worth the wait.

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    • 38 min
    Umm Kulthum: Star of the East

    Umm Kulthum: Star of the East

    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 poets, composers and politicians. But her rise to superstardom came with its stumbles.

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Thomas O71 ,

Untold history

Outstanding and well produced stories of famous people without the European and American slant.

Flashman III ,

Excellent show.

Fantastic, elevated production and presentation. Intellectually stimulating and thoroughly engaging. The episode on Omar Sharif comes comes highly recommended.

Marty Gilow ,

New favorite

I love this podcast. It feels like a throwback to the old radio shows people used to listen to before television. I also appreciate that they highlight controversial figures like Saddam Hussein and Mohammad Morsi. The production is high quality, informative, and engaging. Can’t wait to hear more episodes!

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