Background to the holy wars and the First Crusade's conquest of Jerusalem, a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims.
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In this episode, we speak to:
Raed Jarrar @raedjarrar
Mariam Al Dabbagh @maryamwd
Fanar Haddad @fanarhaddad
Research fellow, National University of Singapore
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