Saint and the Sultan The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace

ISBN-10: 038552370X
ISBN-13: 9780385523707
Edition: N/A
Authors: Paul Moses
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Description: An intriguing examination of the extraordinaryand little knownmeeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Islamic leader Sultan Malik Al-Kamil, with strong resonance in today's divided world. For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor  More...

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List price: $36.00
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/29/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

An intriguing examination of the extraordinaryand little knownmeeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Islamic leader Sultan Malik Al-Kamil, with strong resonance in today's divided world. For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. However, these images are sadly incomplete, because they ignore an equally important and more challenging aspect of his life his unwavering commitment to seeking peace. InThe Saint and the Sultan, Paul Moses recovers Francis's message of peace through the largely forgotten story of his daring mission to end the crusades. In 1219, as the Fifth Crusade was being fought, Francis crossed enemy lines to gain an audience with Malik al-Kamil, the Sultan of Egypt. The two talked of war and peace and faith and when Francis returned home, he proposed that his Order of the Friars Minor live peaceably among Muslimsa revolutionary call at a moment when Christendom pinned its hopes on the battlefield. The Saint and the Sultanis the first book to capture the lives of St. Francis and Sultan al-Kamil in all their nuance, along with the intrigues and religious fervor their time, to reveal a startlingly timely story of interfaith dialog. More than simply a dramatic adventure, though it does not lack for colorful saints and sinners, loyalty and betrayal, and thrilling Crusade narrative,The Saint and the Sultanbrings to life an episode of deep relevance for all who seek to find peace between the West and the Islamic world.

Paul Moses is Professor of Journalism at Brooklyn College/CUNY and former city editor of Newsday , where he was the lead writer for a team that won the Pulitzer Prize.His book The Saint and the Sultan won the 2010 Catholic Press Association award for best history book.

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