Sameer Rahim, Prospect Magazine

Sameer Rahim

Prospect Magazine

United Kingdom

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Past articles by Sameer:

The alluring legacy of Alexander the Great

An imperial overlord, divine conqueror and legend in his own lifetime—there are few men about whom more myths have been told → Read More

Francis Fukuyama: What liberalism gets right (and wrong)

The political scientist says the war in Ukraine shows that liberalism, even with its flaws, needs to be defended → Read More

Junior doctor Roopa Farooki: “The political leadership should have put things in place to make things better”

The novelist and NHS doctor describes how she wrote her account of the first 40 days of lockdown → Read More

What Henry James can teach us about the culture wars

The author understood the dangerous allure of the romantic reactionary → Read More

Why Ed Miliband still finds reasons to be cheerful

The former Labour leader outlines the big ideas that could really change the world → Read More

Disorientated: the confusions of Edward Said

The dangers of imprisoning culture in political theories → Read More

Nawal El Saadawi (1931-2021): the pen can also be a weapon

The novelist, memoirist, doctor and feminist spoke to Prospect three years before her death about her upbringing in Egypt and the writer’s role in speaking the savage truth → Read More

Palmyra and the myth of civilisation

Dividing the world into the civilised and the barbarians is no way to understand Syria’s tragedy → Read More

Palmyra and the myth of civilisation

Dividing the world into the civilised and the barbarians is no way to understand Syria’s tragedy → Read More

Literary lessons from George Saunders (and Chekhov)

A chatty yet eagle-eyed analysis of the Russian masters will set writers on their path → Read More

John le Carré and the art of betrayal

The novelist was fascinated by the traitor’s bargains and self-deceptions → Read More

Eyes on the prize: my year as a Booker judge

My task for 2020 was to help choose the best novel in English—and retain my sanity → Read More

I was Saddam's prisoner

How a holiday to Iraq in the summer of 1990 turned into a months-long nightmare → Read More

Roger Scruton’s final word on Wagner

Parsifal and the flower-maidens, a 1917 image from the Victrola Book of the Opera Image: Wikipedia It is fitting that the final book by Roger Scruton, who died in January, should be about Richard Wagner’s final opera. Scruton has already written books on the Ring Cycle and Tristan und Isolde, finding richness in both the philosophy and music of the great German composer. Sexual longing,… → Read More

Forget Fleabag, This Country is the comedy that sums up modern Britain

The story of two cousins living in the Cotswolds is hilarious and humane—with a subtle political streak → Read More

Clive James—a tribute

Clive's editor remembers a man who remained a consummate writer to the end → Read More

Richard Ayoade versus Hollywood

Richard Ayoade, in filmmaking mode. Photo via publisher Turn on Channel Four these days and chances are you’ll see comedian Richard Ayoade doing a version of the nerdy character he played in The IT Crowd. Whether it’s riffing on a late-night comedy quiz, playfully haranguing a fellow comedian in a semi-exotic locale, or presenting the rebooted Crystal Maze armed only with light sarcasm and a… → Read More

The myth of the golden age of reading

Even before the digital age, book-lovers were always prone to distraction → Read More

Prospect world’s top thinkers, 2019: the top ten

Mathematician Caucher Birkar won by a landslide—but who else made the top ten? → Read More

On the frontline of the war on truth

Fighting fake news could be ever harder than the Cold War → Read More