An intriguing examination of the extraordinary–and little known meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Islamic leader Sultan Malik Al-Kamil that has 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. In The 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 the followers of Islam–a revolutionary call at a moment when Christendom pinned its hopes for converting Muslims on the battlefield. The Saint and the Sultan captures the lives of St. Francis and Sultan al-Kamil and illuminates the political intrigue and religious fervor of their time. In the process, it reveals a startlingly timely story of interfaith conflict, war, and the search for peace. 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 Sultan brings to life an episode of deep relevance for all who seek to find peace between the West and the Islamic world. Winner of the 2010 Catholic Press Association Book Award for History
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In September, 1219, as the armies of the Fifth Crusade besieged the Egyptian city of Damietta, Francis of Assisi went to Egypt to preach to Sultan al-Malik al-Kâmil. Although we in fact know very little about this event, this has not prevented artists and writers from the thirteenth century to the twentieth, unencumbered by mere facts, from portraying Francis alternatively as a new apostle preaching to the infidels, a scholastic theologian proving the truth of Christianity, a champion of the crusading ideal, a naive and quixotic wanderer, a crazed religious fanatic, or a medieval Gandhi preaching peace, love, and understanding. Al-Kâmil, on the other hand, is variously presented as an enlightened pagan monarch hungry for evangelical teaching, a cruel oriental despot, or a worldly libertine. Saint Francis and the Sultan takes a detailed look at these richly varied artistic responses to this brief but highly symbolic meeting. Throwing into relief the changing fears and hopes that Muslim-Christian encounters have inspired in European artists and writers in the centuries since, it gives a uniquely broad but precise vision of the evolution of Western attitudes towards Islam and the Arab world over the last eight hundred years.
"It is our aim to publish in this series old and rare Sanskrit, Prâkṛit, Apabhransá and old Gujarati mss. from Gujarat and especially from the famous Jain Bhandârs at Pattan in the Baroda state ..."--General Introduction, no. 1, p. vi.
- Author : Muhammad Ismail
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 2010
- Genre : Islam
- Pages : 213
- ISBN : STANFORD:36105215179909
"In the spring of 1913 he [the author] visited Konia, the ancient Iconium. There he became interested in the interplay of Christianity and Islam within the Turkish empire ... The result of his researches is this work, the first comprehensive study of Turkish folk-lore and its relations with Christianity."--Editor's note.
Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, and other creative writers, 1900-1960.
- Author : Syed Hasan Askari
- Publisher : Patna : Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library
- Release Date : 1981
- Genre : Bihar (India)
- Pages : 64
- ISBN : UOM:39015020103886
Lectures on the sayings and teachings of Sufi saints from Bihar.