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Al Zahrawi: Pioneer of modern surgery

Unlike many doctors and hospitals in the 'modern' world today, Al-Zahrawi insisted on seeing patients regardless of their financial status. By seeing a wide variety of patients every day and recording his treatment of them, he left behind a very valuable text of medical knowledge that he called Al-Tasrif.

William Henry Quilliam
The three British men who embraced Islam

There is a little-known story of three English gentlemen who embraced Islam at a time when to be a Muslim was to be seen to be a traitor to your country. Through personal journeys of still surviving relatives, the programme looks at their achievements and how their legacy lives on today.

The complex geometry of Islamic design

In Islamic culture, geometric design is everywhere: you can find it in mosques, madrasas, palaces, and private homes. And despite the remarkable complexity of these designs, they can be created with just a compass to draw circles and a ruler to make lines within them. Eric Broug covers the basics of geometric Islamic design.

Who is the Aga Khan?

Many of us have heard of the man, but remain in the dark over who he is and what role he plays. Theresa Corbin has the lo-down on the history of this title.