We thought it was a book discussion that would occur on campus at some point, not realizing that this offer was coming from the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh directly, and that by receiving the book we were invited to join the program in the basement of their mosque to discuss the book. While the author does a great job of telling the story of St. Francis's interreligious dialogue with Sultan Malik al-Kamil, which is fascinating, he effectively portrays the most important aspects, which is how he did it. That’s Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani human rights... To see what your friends thought of this book, The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace, There's a funny story behind my decision to read this book, so bear with me here. “We consulted with Paul a great deal,” said Daniel Tutt, to present “a nice background story summary of the encounter. Buy, 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. 5.0 out of 5. I've worked in my current job for about five months now, and someone else in my department started working there a couple weeks after I did so we're pretty good work-friends as we learn the ropes together. Format: Book Edition: 1st ed. Join Our Holiday House Virtual Event Featuring Author Demos, Book Recommendations, and More! Beautifully researched and written book about two remarkable men, St. Francis of Assisi and the Islamic leader Sultan Malik Al-Kamil who managed to come together in peace while the Christian side was advancing its Crusades and the opposing Muslims were warring against Christians, Mongols and others. We thought it was a. and b) we're major book nerds. The Sultan and the Saint docudrama was screened during the Fourth Seminar of the Forum For South Asian Jesuit Theologians that was held at Ashirwad, Bangalore from 29 April to 1 May. Around 15 participants including the eminent theologians Frs Michael Amaladoss and Sebastian Painadath. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The message is very relevant to all sides of today's interfaith divide. It's a book about how Franciscans rediscovered their roots and have returned to the peacemaking vision of St. Francis of Assisi. Yeah, sure, I'd seen the name places, but I'd never read anything about him. We don't really know what they said or how they said it, and the crusade continued anyway. This book brings to life a whole cast of interesting characters - popes, cardinals, kings, imams, and religious men - who bring their own political and personal intrigues into this story. Such was the case during “The Sultan and the Saint: The Spiritual Journey of Transformative Encounter,” a conference that discussed the 800th anniversary of a famous meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik Al-Kamil. There's a funny story behind my decision to read this book, so bear with me here. Yeah, sure, I'd seen the name places, but I'd never read anything about him. Summary; Recently Viewed; Bids/Offers; Watchlist; Purchase History; Selling; Saved Searches; Saved Sellers; Messages; Notification. It recounts the meeting between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Malik al-Kamil. This is one of those books where I wish I could take the message, story and lessons learned and somehow have it ingrained in my colleagues and counterparts. In the process, it reveals a startlingly timely story of interfaith conflict, war, and the search for peace. Moses does an interesting job of showing how Francis seemed to admire parts of the Islamic faith after his interaction with al-Kamil. “The Sultan and the Saint” tells the little-known story of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Muhammad Al-Kamil. | ISBN 9780307589514 Moses believes that one of the main … We begin with Alexius, the Byzantine emperor, writing to the pope asking for mercenaries. 3 Ratings. Full of historical facts that are enlightening. Please try again later. It recounts the meeting between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Malik al-Kamil. The Who's Who and timeline in the back of the book I are very helpful. The author presents a message of peace in the face of unimaginable brutality, showing the way that two cultures can come together and hold a reasoned, friendly discussion about issues that deeply affect everyday life.. Worth the read. I was even more fascinated with the humanity Kamil showed the flooded Crusaders when he could have killed them all. If Francis had succeeded in his quest for peace in the Middle East, who knows if we would be facing the world we now have of fear and hatred between the various religions on the area. Timely, considering the politics of now. Most interesting is how the 'official' biography of St. Francis was purged of any evidence of his efforts of peace. For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. The ruler of Egypt Sultan Al-Kamil had been well educated and raised in a spirit of tolerance. A system-wide email went out about receiving a free book (this one) to read in preparation for a book discussion. More a morality tale than a narrative history. Set during the terrible time of the Crusades, it speaks with urgency to our present. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of how and why this saint ended up living the life of a peacemaker. Francis hoped to prevent a battle that would take many lives. 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. I know, I know, we need more of these stories. We don't really know what they said or how they said it, and the crusade continued anyway. Based on new research and scholarship about that fateful meeting, The Sultan and The Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history as two men of faith fought against a century of war and distrust in a search for mutual respect and common ground. The author successfully bridged 800 years and made the stories accessible and relevant. In the process, he also delivers a terrific story about a Christian saint everyone thought they knew — Francis of Assisi — and a Muslim world that few realize existed.” — David Gibson, author of The Coming Catholic Church and The Rule of Benedict“The Saint and the Sultan is an important and timely book. The Sultan and the Saint review – the Crusades' real-life bromance In an unlikely battleground meeting, Francis of Assisi talked war and peace with Ayyubid, sultan … I learned a lot about the Third and Fourth Crusades and the Catholic Church's power and politics. Set in a past period of East-West conflict, it speaks with urgency to our present. As did the sixth, and more afterward, as well as repeated attempts to enlist all of Europe in some sort of Holy League to repel the infidel Turk. Basically, the future St. Francis went to the sultan of Egypt and preached to, or spoke with, or disputed, or discussed religion with him in the middle of the fifth crusade. The uneven, but likably earnest, show debuts on PBS stations Tuesday, Dec. 26, 8-9 p.m. EST (check local listings). By clicking Sign Up, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. The two individuals met and discussed many things. | ISBN 9780385523707 September 29th 2009 Fr Amalados described the film as "an excellent movie." The show is, accordingly, suitable viewing for adults and teens. 5. Start by marking “The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Saint Francis and Sultan al-Kamil met in 1219, during the Fifth Crusade. However, these images are sadly incomplete, because they ignore an equally important and … Not really a book. What I liked about this book is that it was easy to understand and follow. Refresh and try again. While there are many people who agree that religious dialogue is important, they often miss the nuance of how to make it effective. Anyone who loves history would find this book to be a fascinating story. Loading... Something went wrong. Through their interaction, we see that interfaith dialogue can work to Note: You can download after payment. We read this book for Adult Sunday School. 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. Francis went to Egypt on a mission of peace and met with the sultan as his forces were preparing to fight the crusaders. Two men of faith, one an itinerant Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Empire, bucked a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground. The book tells the story of a little known part of 13th century history. About The Saint and the Sultan. I will be the first to admit that, before reading this book, I knew nothing about Francis of Assisi. This is another book I would give a 4.5 rating to, if possible. Moses believes that one of the main points of Francis’s ministry was the idea of “blessed are the peacemakers” from the Gospel, The former senior religion journalist Paul Moses book, The Saint and Sultan is a dual biography of Saint Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik al-Kamil of Egypt. While the author does a great job of telling the story of St. Francis's interreligious dialogue with Sultan Malik al-Kamil, which is fascinating, he effectively portrays the most important aspects, which is how he did it. I had this book on my shelf for a long time and am gladI pulled it off to read. No background is given at all. . This is a real page turner and it's a wonderful book that highlights the encounter between St. Francis and the Sultan. Robert Bauval, who has recently visited the town of Assisi in Umbria, Italy, investigates this strange and little-known Paul Moses reminds us that the true agents of dialogue and constructive encounter must be courageous enough to talk as well as to listen, even opposing their own people, in the name of justice, dignity and love. Throughout his lifetime Francis played the role of conscience to the Institutional Catholic Church. Such religious voices are very much needed today, to help us follow the demanding path of peace while avoiding the traps of undignified wars.” — Tariq Ramadan, Oxford University Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, and author of In the Footsteps of the Prophet “Paul Moses’ fascinating book throws new light on St. Francis’ exemplary ministry of reconciliation. I have recommended this book to my class in Catholicism. Beautifully researched and written book about two remarkable men, St. Francis of Assisi and the Islamic leader Sultan Malik Al-Kamil who managed to come together in peace while the Christian side was advancing its Crusades and the opposing Muslims were warring against Christians, Mongols and others. Why did Francis of Assisi meet the Sultan of Egypt in September 1219? This book is definitely worth the read. “The leader of the Christian army—Cardinal Pelagius himself—had warned the friar from Assisi that it would be folly to traverse the battlefield between the two armies to seek out this Sultan Malik al-Kamil.”, Readers' Most Anticipated Books of December. The Sultan and the Saint ( 2016) The Sultan and the Saint. Trailer Ratings and Reviews. The book tells the story of a little known part of 13th century history. 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, Paul Moses, former Newsday city editor and senior religion writer, is a professor of journalism at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Francis went to Egypt on a mission of peace and met with the sultan as his forces were preparing to fight the crusaders. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A simple Christian friar and a mighty Muslim leader met on a bloody battlefield during the crusades 800 years ago. Through this book we learn not only about a remarkable set of events of medieval  history, but also a lesson in peace making that is of the greatest importance for both those Westerners and Muslims who seek to create better understanding of each other across religious and cultural frontiers rather than simply vilifying one another.” — Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University, and author of The Heart of Islam, Sign up for news about books, authors, and more from Penguin Random House, Visit other sites in the Penguin Random House Network. Francis of Assisi, during the last third of his life, went with a few brothers (friars), to the Holy Land. 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. Oscar-, Tony- and Emmy Award-winning British actor Jeremy Irons narrates writer-director Alex Kronemer’s script. 3 Ratings. A system-wide email went out about receiving a free book (this one) to read in preparation for a book discussion. This excellent book deals with the life of Saint Francis of Assisi and how in the midst of the fifth crusades he put his faith into practice by preaching to Sultan Malik al-Kamil of Egypt. An article idea hyperinflated into a book. Some suggest that Francis was seeking martyrdom, though the prevailing thought takes the saint at his word: he wanted to end the wars and felt that converting the Muslims to Christianity was better than trying to kill them all. Moses sets up the saint and the sultan as the exemplars of how we really all can "just get along." Not Rated | 58min | Documentary, History, War | November 2016 (USA) Two men of faith, one a traveling Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Empire, bucked a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and ... See full summary ». Very interesting book filled with information about St. Francis of Assisi and his effort to meet with the Sultan to end the Crusades. The two met outside Damietta in Egypt during the Fifth Crusade. Sep 29, 2009 The Sultan was a type of Muslim monarch. “The Sultan and the Saint” contains realistic yet nongraphic war scenes, depictions of religious persecution and hunger, but nothing objectionable. It is well researched and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for more information about the roots of our Franciscan charism as peacemakers. Is it possible to give a book negative five stars because. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” The two met outside Damietta in Egypt during the Fifth Crusade. They were two charismatic men of different faiths … This was quite an intriguing introduction to a person who I'm going to have to read more about, though. What really happened during this most unusual encounter? The book establishes the background of St. Francis's mission; the attempts of the Catholic Church of the 13th century to downplay the faith and zeal of St. Francis; and how his mission still resonates today. When he arrived in the Holy Land, he encountered the Sultan. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published I can’t stand to read about battles, of which there are many here, yet the author deftly balances the warring with other history and learned opinions including his own to make the story very readable. This was quite an intriguing introduction to a person who I'm going to have to read more about, though. Main author: Moses, Paul. 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. As did the sixth, and more afterward, as well as repeated attempts to enlist all of Europe in some sort of Holy League to repel the infidel Turk for the next 470 years, through the siege of Vienna in 1683. 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. A good story, though. Francis' story and example feel especially relevant today, but it is the author's clean writing and sense of story that drive The Saint and the Sultan. Sultan al-Kamil, the nephew of Saladin, seem to believe what the Qur’an said about respecting People of Book if they are “righteous.” This set the stage for what appears to be a friendly interfaith discussion between a devout Roman Catholic and a devout Sunni Muslim. In his thoroughly researched and engaging book Moses uncovers and retells the true story of the Christian saint’s audience with the Muslim ruler. Welcome back. This was at the beginning of the Fifth Crusade, but Francis and his brothers did not make this trip as part of the battle to regain the Holy Land. The book establishes the background of St. Francis's mission; the attempts of the Catholic Church of the 13th century to downplay the faith and zeal of St. Francis; and how his mission still resonates today. The Saint and the Sultan The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace (Book) : Moses, Paul : 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. 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. Francis’ intention was to preach the love of Christ, thus winning the hearts of those … We’d love your help. Excellent read - learned much about the 5th Crusade, St. Francis and Sheikh Khamil. Moses also does a good job of showing how the story of The Saint and The Sultan was changed and to suit the politics of Roman Catholic Church of the time and how the story was embraced by Pope Saint John Paul II as an example of “interreligious dialogue.”. I've worked in my current job for about five months now, and someone else in my department started working there a couple weeks after I did so we're pretty good work-friends as we learn the ropes together. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Paul Moses peels back centuries of dust and obfuscation to take a fresh look at a wartime meeting between the sultan of Egypt and St. Francis of Assisi. By clicking SIGN UP, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House’s, Editor's Picks: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Stories Read By Your Favorite Celebrities, The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople, A Concise History of the Catholic Church (Revised Edition), Discover Book Picks from the CEO of Penguin Random House US. So we have this brief moment of hope, which made no real difference at the time, and which takes up approximately 4pp of a 240-page book. The two individuals met and discussed many things. Although al-Kamil listened to Francis. 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 Sultan and the Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history. The Saint and the Sultan shows that faith leads to action, and that true holiness can lead to actions that provoke, astonish and even baffle the world.” — James Martin, Author of My Life with the Saints“The Saint and the Sultan is a MUST read, supremely relevant today in relations between the Muslim world and the West . While there are many people who agree that religious dialogue is important, they often miss the nuance of how to make it. In the midst of widespread ignorance and war the efforts of St. Francis to build trust and overcome mutual antipathy speak powerfully to us today, when misunderstanding and conflict between Christians and Muslims threaten all who share our planet.” — Charles Kimball, author of When Religion Becomes Evil“The Saint and the Sultan sheds new light on spiritual vision’ s power to transcend conflict. Buy, Sep 29, 2009 Entertaining and informative. . This excellent book deals with the life of Saint Francis of Assisi and how in the midst of the fifth crusades he put his faith into practice by preaching to Sultan Malik al-Kamil of Egypt. Based on new research and scholarship about that fateful meeting, The Sultan and The Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history as two men of faith fought against a century of war and distrust in a search for mutual respect and common ground. When his soldiers brought Francis and his companion to his tent, he reacted very differently from Cardinal Pelagius and the other Crusaders who laughed with scorn at what they regarded as a foolish mission. He was the lead writer on a Newsday team that won… More about Paul Moses, “The story of these two men—Francis and the sultan—is told engagingly in this well-researched, timely and fascinating book by Paul Moses … dramatically narrated … I highly recommend this book for readers interested in St. Francis, the Crusades, Islam and how the story of Francis and al-Kamil offers us a Franciscan approach to the interfaith challenges we face today.” – Murray Bodo, O.F.M., St. Anthony Messenger.“…this is a wonderfully written, well researched and timely book. – Meinrad Scherer-Emunds, Executive Editor, U.S. Catholic“The care and – there is no other word for it – love with which Moses has drawn the scene for us is really a prayer for … peace.” – Melinda Henneberger, editor-in-chief, PoliticsDaily“The Saint and the Sultan is a provocative, in-depth examination of that little-known but powerful meeting between St. Francis and the 13th century Islamic leader Sultan Malik al-Kamil…Moses … shows how the encounter between them is of great relevance to our divided world today.” – Brooklyn Daily Eagle“In this sprightly and smart book, Paul Moses rediscovers an ancient moment in time that, in his telling, has timeless resonance.” — Jon Meacham, Author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House“This brilliant retelling of a largely forgotten chapter in the life of the most beloved of saints comes just when we need it most. I also did not know much about Francis's life. Although al-Kamil listened to Francis, the saint was unable to convert the sultan nor was he able to prevent the armies on both sides from fighting. eBay > DVDs & Movies > DVDs & Blu-ray Discs; Share - The Sultan and the Saint (DVD, 2017) The Sultan and the Saint (DVD, 2017) 1 product rating. Trailers See All. Expand Cart. This is one of those books where I wish I could take the message, story and lessons learned and somehow have it ingrained in my colleagues and counterparts. The story itself, the meeting of Francis and Sultan al-Kamil is very interesting, and the story about how the story got twisted throughout the years is fascinating. Paul Moses’ outstanding and engaging portrayal offers a unique insight into Francis’ overlooked counter-cultural role as a peacemaker during the Crusades for whom Christianity was a religion of peace not conflict.” — John L. 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