Acclaimed author and historian Christopher de Bellaigue joins us to celebrate the release of his new book, The Lion House: The Coming of a King

De Bellaigue’s latest book takes a sweeping, yet intimate, look at the motives and unseen drama surrounding Suleyman the Magnificent’s historic rise to power and his journey towards becoming the most powerful man of the 16th century. 

A text spanning duelling civilisations and religious rifts, it’s a timeless account of the allure and perils of power. Join us as de Bellaigue discusses this work with cultural mediator Nizam Uddin, dissecting the relevant themes and history during this enlightening discussion.

About The Authors

Christopher de Bellaigue

Christopher has worked as a journalist in South Asia and the Middle East, writing for The Economist, The Guardian, and The New York Review of Books. He is the award-winning author of four books and has made several BBC television programmes. His latest book is The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason.

Nizam Uddin OBE