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53 Sharia flaws

Why Islamic law needs reform 58 Eastern harmonies

How Chinese composers are rewriting classical music 61 WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE...

A hawk The impulses that drive the feathered killing machine 62 BOOKS

The rise and fall of a Messiah Olga Tokarczuk’s extraordinary novel about Poland’s Jewish past 67 The sanity of King George

The real story of the “mad king” who lost America 70 Boo to the Boo-Hurrahs

How four women philosophers took on the Oxford consensus 73 Medieval twittering

Two birds having a spat reveals a lighter side to the middle ages 76 BOOKS IN BRIEF 78 RECOMMENDS


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A challenging climate & 82 POLICY REPORT

Levelling up housing ,


And finally...

85 The Generalist and Enigma

& 87 Masks off

The theatrical side of face coverings  88 BRIEF ENCOUNTER

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