Rent $2.99 Buy $5.99 View in iTunes. Eight hundred years ago, Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt met on the bloody battlefields of the Crusades. I also did not know much about Francis's life. There's a funny story behind my decision to read this book, so bear with me here. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the life of St. Francis; and to anyone interested in the ongoing conflicts today in the Middle East. I also found the book to be an illuminating story as it helps to explain the difficulties that have continued to exist between the west and the Islamic world, especially with regards to living in peace with each other. 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. One of the best stories about Francis of Assisi. We’d love your help. 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. The story of "The Sultan and the Saint" itself began 30 years ago, when Kronemer, during a trip to Assisi, Italy, encountered a Giotto fresco depicting the meeting between Francis and al-Kamil. While there are many people who agree that religious dialogue is important, they often miss the nuance of how to make it effective. Excellent read - learned much about the 5th Crusade, St. Francis and Sheikh Khamil. 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. This was quite an intriguing introduction to a person who I'm going to have to read more about, though. More a morality tale than a narrative history. Absolutely loved this book. Please try again later. Trailer Ratings and Reviews. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. The ruler of Egypt Sultan Al-Kamil had been well educated and raised in a spirit of tolerance. If you only ever read one book about Francis of Assisi, read "The Saint and the Sultan." 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 ». 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. This book breathes life into the encounter between Saint Francis and Sultan Malik al-Kamil in the midst of the inglorious Fifth Crusade. I did not know of the story. 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. Set in a past period of East-West conflict, it speaks with urgency to our present. 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. Buy, Sep 29, 2009 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. It recounts the meeting between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Malik al-Kamil. 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 was even more fascinated with the humanity Kamil showed the flooded Crusaders when he could have killed them all. 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. 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. I think the author's information on Francis was excellent. 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 Sultan and The Saint The Sultan and the Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history. by Doubleday Religion. “The Sultan and the Saint” contains realistic yet nongraphic war scenes, depictions of religious persecution and hunger, but nothing objectionable. Most delightful are the accounts in Part III about the long shadow of historical revisionism that buried fact in favor of propaganda for too long. 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. 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. 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. For new customers we sometimes need processing time from 1 to 24 hours to complete the order. 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. 3 Ratings. I know, I know, we need more of these stories. “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. Love , compassion, mercifulness,kindness and generosity is everything. 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. Why did Francis of Assisi meet the Sultan of Egypt in September 1219? 5. Moses sets up the saint and the sultan as the exemplars of how we really all can "just get along." What happened next changed world history. 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. The two individuals met and discussed many things. The uneven, but likably earnest, show debuts on PBS stations Tuesday, Dec. 26, 8-9 p.m. EST (check local listings). It will surely serve to bring the message of peace that is exhibited in the encounter between Francis and the Sultan to a world desperately in need of recalling such possibilities … This is a book that belongs int he personal libraries of all Franciscans and all who strive to encounter the other in a loving, Christian and respectful manner.” – Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M.“Moses’s realistic and powerful book gives readers an informed idea of how difficult it was to follow Francis in an age of papal power and the broad acceptance of violence.” – Joseph Cunneen, History News Network“An important book … The Saint and the Sultan is fascinating reading that will change the reader’s concept of who St. Francis of Assisi was … It’s sure to stir a lot of conversation in religious circles.” – Ed Wilkinson, editor-in-chief of The Tablet“Moses’ lively account of a little-known but significant chapter in the life of the popular saint of Assisi deserves a wide readership, resonating as it does with world events of our own time.” – America Magazine “Paul Moses’ fascinating account of St. Francis of Assisi’s meeting with Sultan Malik al-Kamil in the midst of the Fifth Crusade not only details the historical record, puts it into context, and tries to strip it of centuries of tendentious distortions, it also documents how its true significance has recently come to blossom and bear fruit in Christian-Muslim relations. An article idea hyperinflated into a book. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of how and why this saint ended up living the life of a peacemaker. 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 . In the process, it reveals a startlingly timely story of interfaith conflict, war, and the search for peace. 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. 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. Entertaining and informative. Refresh and try again. 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. Around 15 participants including the eminent theologians Frs Michael Amaladoss and Sebastian Painadath. I will be the first to admit that, before reading this book, I knew nothing about Francis of Assisi. 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. 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. 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. Set in a past period of East-West conflict, it speaks with urgency to our present. Excellent historical and inspirational call to Christian-Muslim dialogue through a study of the life of St. Francis. 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. 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.”. Note: You can download after payment. The book by Paul Moses (who is one of the commentators) is “The Saint and the Sultan.” The movie is “The Sultan and the Saint.” Subtle, but it shows where it’s coming from. Brings a famous 13th century event into the modern day through solid research laid out as a story well told. While there are many people who agree that religious dialogue is important, they often miss the nuance of how to make it. What I liked about this book is that it was easy to understand and follow. No background is given at all. It recounts the meeting between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Malik al-Kamil. Francis hoped to prevent a battle that would take many lives. Sometimes it is through examining history that we can gain a new understanding of our modern world. 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. “We consulted with Paul a great deal,” said Daniel Tutt, to present “a nice background story summary of the encounter. Welcome back. 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. Is it possible to give a book negative five stars because. 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.. 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. Francis went to Egypt on a mission of peace and met with the sultan as his forces were preparing to fight the crusaders. Moses believes that one of the main … 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. Yeah, sure, I'd seen the name places, but I'd never read anything about him. A system-wide email went out about receiving a free book (this one) to read in preparation for a book discussion. 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. This book is probably more fiction than fact. What really happened during this most unusual encounter? Very interesting book filled with information about St. Francis of Assisi and his effort to meet with the Sultan to end the Crusades. 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 … | ISBN 9780385523707 Moses believes that one of the main points of Francis’s ministry was the idea of “blessed are the peacemakers” from the Gospel of Saint Matthew 5:9. Join Our Holiday House Virtual Event Featuring Author Demos, Book Recommendations, and More! The Sultan was a type of Muslim monarch. Set during the terrible time of the Crusades, it speaks with urgency to our present. In his thoroughly researched and engaging book Moses uncovers and retells the true story of the Christian saint’s audience with the Muslim ruler. 5.0 out of 5. He wanted to keep the sacred sites of Christianity safe and free access to those who traveled to the Holy Land for pilgrimages. . Moses believes that the peaceful interfaith meeting between The Saint and The Sultan was one of the important events in Saint Francis’s life. We begin with Alexius, the Byzantine emperor, writing to the pope asking for mercenaries. Not really a book. Sep 29, 2009 I know, I know, we need more of these stories. and b) we're major book nerds. Trailers See All. It is well researched and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for more information about the roots of our Franciscan charism as peacemakers. A simple Christian friar and a mighty Muslim leader met on a bloody battlefield during the crusades 800 years ago. 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...without killing each other! . Full of historical facts that are enlightening. We read this book for Adult Sunday School. 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. The two met outside Damietta in Egypt during the Fifth Crusade. In 1219, St. Francis traveled to what is now northern Egypt and paid a visit to the Muslim Sultan al-Malek al-Kamil. i wish the author hadn't spent so much time talking about the Siege of Damietta; all the talk about war instruments and battles, while relevant to setting up the meeting of the two, could have been shortened. September 29th 2009 Main author: Moses, Paul. Moses does an interesting job of showing how Francis seemed to admire parts of the Islamic faith after his interaction with al-Kamil. I have recommended this book to my class in Catholicism. The two individuals met and discussed many things. 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. 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. We don't really know what they said or how they said it, and the crusade continued anyway. Saint Francis and Sultan al-Kamil met in 1219, during the Fifth Crusade. The two met outside Damietta in Egypt during the Fifth Crusade. I was fascinated with the story of Francis of Assisi traveling with the 5th Crusade and meeting Kamil. 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. | ISBN 9780307589514 I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the life of St. Francis; and to anyone interested. Yeah, sure, I'd seen the name places, but I'd never read anything about him. 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. For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. They were two charismatic men of different faiths … An article idea hyperinflated into a book. It is well researched and well-written, and is a very timely work in this post 9-11 world. A system-wide email went out about receiving a free book (this one) to read in preparation for a book discussion. This is a real page turner and it's a wonderful book that highlights the encounter between St. Francis and the Sultan. This was quite an intriguing introduction to a person who I'm going to have to read more about, though. We thought it was a. The book tells the story of a little known part of 13th century history. We immediately signed up because a) free book! 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. View cart for details. Moses believes that the peaceful interfaith meeting between The Saint and The Sultan was one of the important events in Saint Francis’s life. An Imaginative and Action-Packed Adventure, Tieghan Gerard's Guide to a Small but Special Meal at Home. and b) we're major book nerds. The Sultan and the Saint SYNOPSIS The Sultan and the Saint tells one of the great, forgotten stories of history between two men of faith: St. Francis of Assisi, a traveling Christian preacher, and Sultan Malek al-Kamil, ruler of a Muslim Empire. 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. 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. About The Saint and the Sultan. Loading... Something went wrong. 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. Moses believes that the peaceful interfaith meeting between The Saint and The Sultan was one of the important events in Saint Francis’s life. – 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. 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. This book reminds people that Francis, the man, did a lot more courageous and important things than stand in some hippy's flower garden holding a decorative birdbath. We immediately signed up because a) free book! Format: Book Edition: 1st ed. Francis hoped to prevent a battle that would take many lives. Francis’ intention was to preach the love of Christ, thus winning the hearts of those … This is another book I would give a 4.5 rating to, if possible. Expand Cart. 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. 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. 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. The Who's Who and timeline in the back of the book I are very helpful. 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. Through their interaction, we see that interfaith dialogue can work to Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the 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. Robert Bauval, who has recently visited the town of Assisi in Umbria, Italy, investigates this strange and little-known 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. Worth the read. 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. Fr Amalados described the film as "an excellent movie." A good story, though. The show is, accordingly, suitable viewing for adults and teens. 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 common ground. 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. Although al-Kamil listened to Francis. I believe from what I know of Francis’s life that Moses’s idea of Francis wanting the Franciscans to be “peacemakers” makes sense. The Sultan and the Saint ( 2016) The Sultan and the Saint. 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. 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. For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. We are experiencing technical difficulties. 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. The author successfully bridged 800 years and made the stories accessible and relevant. The meeting of Francis and Sultan al-Kamil amidst the insane violence of the Crusades still has much to teach us about dialogue with those with whom we disagree. 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. This book is definitely worth the read. 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.

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