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Taburlaine - Shadow of God is a radio play by John Fletcher. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 16 November 2008. The running time is 90 minutes[1].


The paths of three important figures from Middle-Eastern history cross: Tamburlaine, Ibn Khaldun (historian) and Hafez (poet). Tamburlaine is sending out soldiers to neighbouring countries, promising them perpetual war and riches, building Samarkand and an empire which he wants to last a thousand years.

BBC: 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?

The play draws together three of the most important figures in the history of the Middle and Near East – Tamburlaine, conqueror of the world, 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.


  • Tamburlaine - Jeffery Kissoon
  • Khaldun - John Rowe
  • Hafez - Conleth Hill


  • Jonathan Taffler
  • Stephen Critchlow
  • Dan Starkey
  • Donna Hughes
  • Chris Pavlo
  • Gunnar Cauthery
  • Robert Lonsdale

Produced by Marc Beeby

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