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How Shakespeare inspired terrorists

Islam Issa reveals how terrorists have twisted Shakespeare’s life and work to suit their own ends over the centuries

Published: November 27, 2021 at 12:24 pm
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Shakespeare has been an obsession of extremist groups across the globe over the centuries. The Nazi Party held him up as a hero, while Osama Bin Laden condemned him as the ultimate symbol of the depraved west. Islam Issa speaks to Rhiannon Davies about William Shakespeare’s tangled relationship with terror.

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Islam Issa is the author of Shakespeare and Terrorism (Routledge, 2021)

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Rhiannon DaviesSection editor, BBC History Magazine

Rhiannon Davies is section editor for BBC History Magazine and our Tudor ambassador, writing a fortnightly newsletter in which she shares the latest Tudor news, anniversaries and content with her audience. She also regularly appears on the award-winning HistoryExtra podcast.

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