DVDs & Movies > DVDs & Blu-ray Discs; Share - The Sultan and the Saint (DVD, 2017) The Sultan and the Saint (DVD, 2017) 1 product rating. Rent $2.99 Buy $5.99 View in iTunes. | ISBN 9780307589514 For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. Brings a famous 13th century event into the modern day through solid research laid out as a story well told. 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. 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. If you only ever read one book about Francis of Assisi, read "The Saint and the Sultan." 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. 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. What I liked about this book is that it was easy to understand and follow. It recounts the meeting between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Malik al-Kamil. 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 ». 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. Note: You can download after payment. Main author: Moses, Paul. 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. The Sultan and the Saint ( 2016) The Sultan and the Saint. We’d love your help. 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. 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. I was even more fascinated with the humanity Kamil showed the flooded Crusaders when he could have killed them all. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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. 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 read this book for Adult Sunday School. Yeah, sure, I'd seen the name places, but I'd never read anything about him. Moses believes that one of the main … In The Saint and the Sultan, Paul Moses delves deep into the history behind the incident, to try and get at the truth behind the spin. Oscar-, Tony- and Emmy Award-winning British actor Jeremy Irons narrates writer-director Alex Kronemer’s script. 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. 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. No background is given at all. Not really a book. It's a book about how Franciscans rediscovered their roots and have returned to the peacemaking vision of St. Francis of Assisi. They were two charismatic men of different faiths … 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. The basic story is well-established in the biography of Saint Francis of Assisi -- how at the height of the Crusades, he ventured into enemy territory to meet with the Sultan and to preach to him. Francis of Assisi, during the last third of his life, went with a few brothers (friars), to the Holy Land. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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 had this book on my shelf for a long time and am gladI pulled it off to read. Trailer Ratings and Reviews. I wanted to read this after viewing The Sultan and the Saint from PBS and showing it to my religion classes. Join Our Holiday House Virtual Event Featuring Author Demos, Book Recommendations, and More! This was quite an intriguing introduction to a person who I'm going to have to read more about, though. The Sultan was a type of Muslim monarch. I know, I know, we need more of these stories. 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. I did not know of the story. 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. Francis went to Egypt on a mission of peace and met with the sultan as his forces were preparing to fight the crusaders. A system-wide email went out about receiving a free book (this one) to read in preparation for a book discussion. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published 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. Summary; Recently Viewed; Bids/Offers; Watchlist; Purchase History; Selling; Saved Searches; Saved Sellers; Messages; Notification. Saint Francis and Sultan al-Kamil met in 1219, during the Fifth Crusade. The ruler of Egypt Sultan Al-Kamil had been well educated and raised in a spirit of tolerance. 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. Sometimes it is through examining history that we can gain a new understanding of our modern world. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” 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. 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. 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. There's a funny story behind my decision to read this book, so bear with me here. Saint Francis and Sultan al-Kamil met in 1219, during the Fifth Crusade. Entertaining and informative. 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. One of the must read books on Francis of Assisi. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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 . About The Saint and the Sultan. While there are many people who agree that religious dialogue is important, they often miss the nuance of how to make it. 3 Ratings. Be the first to ask a question about The Saint and the Sultan. Robert Bauval, who has recently visited the town of Assisi in Umbria, Italy, investigates this strange and little-known Set in a past period of East-West conflict, it speaks with urgency to our present. The message is very relevant to all sides of today's interfaith divide. Moses sets up the saint and the sultan as the exemplars of how we really all can "just get along." In his thoroughly researched and engaging book Moses uncovers and retells the true story of the Christian saint’s audience with the Muslim ruler. 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. Refresh and try again. and b) we're major book nerds. It is well researched and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for more information about the roots of our Franciscan charism as peacemakers. 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. 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.. Francis hoped to prevent a battle that would take many lives. Why did Francis of Assisi meet the Sultan of Egypt in September 1219? 5. 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 are experiencing technical difficulties. Francis hoped to prevent a battle that would take many lives. When he arrived in the Holy Land, he encountered the Sultan. 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. 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 immediately signed up because a) free book! This is a real page turner and it's a wonderful book that highlights the encounter between St. Francis and the Sultan. "The Sultan and The Saint" tells one of the great, lost stories from history. 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. Anyone who loves history would find this book to be a fascinating story. 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. . Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Paul Moses, whose popularly written book, The Saint and the Sultan, explored the lives of both al-Kāmil and Francis, appears in the film. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of how and why this saint ended up living the life of a peacemaker. The two met outside Damietta in Egypt during the Fifth Crusade. An article idea hyperinflated into a book. Yeah, sure, I'd seen the name places, but I'd never read anything about him. 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. We don't really know what they said or how they said it, and the crusade continued anyway. The Who's Who and timeline in the back of the book I are very helpful. 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. 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. Esposito, Georgetown University Professor of Religion & International Affairs, and author of What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam“In The Saint and the Sultan Paul Moses delivers a fascinating lesson from a lost episode of history, and shows how critical it is to understanding today’s global conflicts — and the possibility of peace through religious dialogue. While there are many people who agree that religious dialogue is important, they often miss the nuance of how to make it effective. I will be the first to admit that, before reading this book, I knew nothing about Francis of Assisi. Welcome back. 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. Absolutely loved this book. 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. In 1219, St. Francis traveled to what is now northern Egypt and paid a visit to the Muslim Sultan al-Malek al-Kamil. What really happened during this most unusual encounter? 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. Trailers See All. 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’ intention was to preach the love of Christ, thus winning the hearts of those … 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. 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! 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 does an interesting job of showing how Francis seemed to admire parts of the Islamic faith after his interaction with al-Kamil. Saint Francis and Sultan al-Kamil met in 1219, during the Fifth Crusade. 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. Loading... Something went wrong. “The Sultan and the Saint” tells the little-known story of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Muhammad Al-Kamil. Worth the read. Through their interaction, we see that interfaith dialogue can work to For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. 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. Buy, Sep 29, 2009 An article idea hyperinflated into a book. The book tells the story of a little known part of 13th century history. 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. 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. 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. 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 individuals met and discussed many things. Around 15 participants including the eminent theologians Frs Michael Amaladoss and Sebastian Painadath. . Set during the terrible time of the Crusades, it speaks with urgency to our present. The show is, accordingly, suitable viewing for adults and teens. This book is probably more fiction than fact. What happened next changed world history. A good story, though. I will be the first to admit that, before reading this book, I knew nothing about Francis of Assisi. The Sultan and the Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history. Love , compassion, mercifulness,kindness and generosity is everything. This is another book I would give a 4.5 rating to, if possible. 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. 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. Since I'm in agreement with the morals in this morality tale, I'm not sure why I found the book a bit annoying. 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. Excellent historical and inspirational call to Christian-Muslim dialogue through a study of the life of St. Francis. I learned a lot about the Third and Fourth Crusades and the Catholic Church's power and politics. “The Sultan and the Saint” contains realistic yet nongraphic war scenes, depictions of religious persecution and hunger, but nothing objectionable. One of the best stories about Francis of Assisi. I think the author's information on Francis was excellent. Moses believes that the peaceful interfaith meeting between The Saint and The Sultan was one of the important events in Saint Francis’s life. by Doubleday Religion. 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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 two met outside Damietta in Egypt during the Fifth Crusade. I have recommended this book to my class in Catholicism. 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. Sep 29, 2009 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. 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. Please try again later. I also did not know much about Francis's life. View cart for details. 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 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 believe from what I know of Francis’s life that Moses’s idea of Francis wanting the Franciscans to be “peacemakers” makes sense. Fr Amalados described the film as "an excellent movie." September 29th 2009 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. Francis went to Egypt on a mission of peace and met with the sultan as his forces were preparing to fight the crusaders. 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. 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. The Sultan and The Saint The Sultan and the Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history. 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. 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. 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. Rent $2.99 Buy $5.99 View in iTunes. | ISBN 9780307589514 For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. Brings a famous 13th century event into the modern day through solid research laid out as a story well told. 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. 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. If you only ever read one book about Francis of Assisi, read "The Saint and the Sultan." 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. 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. What I liked about this book is that it was easy to understand and follow. It recounts the meeting between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Malik al-Kamil. 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 ». 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. Note: You can download after payment. Main author: Moses, Paul. 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. The Sultan and the Saint ( 2016) The Sultan and the Saint. We’d love your help. 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. 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. I was even more fascinated with the humanity Kamil showed the flooded Crusaders when he could have killed them all. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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. 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 read this book for Adult Sunday School. Yeah, sure, I'd seen the name places, but I'd never read anything about him. Moses believes that one of the main … In The Saint and the Sultan, Paul Moses delves deep into the history behind the incident, to try and get at the truth behind the spin. Oscar-, Tony- and Emmy Award-winning British actor Jeremy Irons narrates writer-director Alex Kronemer’s script. 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. 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. No background is given at all. Not really a book. It's a book about how Franciscans rediscovered their roots and have returned to the peacemaking vision of St. Francis of Assisi. They were two charismatic men of different faiths … 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. The basic story is well-established in the biography of Saint Francis of Assisi -- how at the height of the Crusades, he ventured into enemy territory to meet with the Sultan and to preach to him. Francis of Assisi, during the last third of his life, went with a few brothers (friars), to the Holy Land. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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 had this book on my shelf for a long time and am gladI pulled it off to read. Trailer Ratings and Reviews. I wanted to read this after viewing The Sultan and the Saint from PBS and showing it to my religion classes. Join Our Holiday House Virtual Event Featuring Author Demos, Book Recommendations, and More! This was quite an intriguing introduction to a person who I'm going to have to read more about, though. The Sultan was a type of Muslim monarch. I know, I know, we need more of these stories. 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. I did not know of the story. 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. Francis went to Egypt on a mission of peace and met with the sultan as his forces were preparing to fight the crusaders. A system-wide email went out about receiving a free book (this one) to read in preparation for a book discussion. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published 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. Summary; Recently Viewed; Bids/Offers; Watchlist; Purchase History; Selling; Saved Searches; Saved Sellers; Messages; Notification. Saint Francis and Sultan al-Kamil met in 1219, during the Fifth Crusade. The ruler of Egypt Sultan Al-Kamil had been well educated and raised in a spirit of tolerance. 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. Sometimes it is through examining history that we can gain a new understanding of our modern world. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” 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. 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. 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. There's a funny story behind my decision to read this book, so bear with me here. Saint Francis and Sultan al-Kamil met in 1219, during the Fifth Crusade. Entertaining and informative. 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. One of the must read books on Francis of Assisi. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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 . About The Saint and the Sultan. While there are many people who agree that religious dialogue is important, they often miss the nuance of how to make it. 3 Ratings. Be the first to ask a question about The Saint and the Sultan. Robert Bauval, who has recently visited the town of Assisi in Umbria, Italy, investigates this strange and little-known Set in a past period of East-West conflict, it speaks with urgency to our present. The message is very relevant to all sides of today's interfaith divide. Moses sets up the saint and the sultan as the exemplars of how we really all can "just get along." In his thoroughly researched and engaging book Moses uncovers and retells the true story of the Christian saint’s audience with the Muslim ruler. 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. Refresh and try again. and b) we're major book nerds. It is well researched and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for more information about the roots of our Franciscan charism as peacemakers. 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. 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.. Francis hoped to prevent a battle that would take many lives. Why did Francis of Assisi meet the Sultan of Egypt in September 1219? 5. 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 are experiencing technical difficulties. Francis hoped to prevent a battle that would take many lives. When he arrived in the Holy Land, he encountered the Sultan. 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. 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 immediately signed up because a) free book! This is a real page turner and it's a wonderful book that highlights the encounter between St. Francis and the Sultan. "The Sultan and The Saint" tells one of the great, lost stories from history. 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. Anyone who loves history would find this book to be a fascinating story. 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. . Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Paul Moses, whose popularly written book, The Saint and the Sultan, explored the lives of both al-Kāmil and Francis, appears in the film. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of how and why this saint ended up living the life of a peacemaker. The two met outside Damietta in Egypt during the Fifth Crusade. An article idea hyperinflated into a book. Yeah, sure, I'd seen the name places, but I'd never read anything about him. 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. We don't really know what they said or how they said it, and the crusade continued anyway. The Who's Who and timeline in the back of the book I are very helpful. 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. 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. Esposito, Georgetown University Professor of Religion & International Affairs, and author of What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam“In The Saint and the Sultan Paul Moses delivers a fascinating lesson from a lost episode of history, and shows how critical it is to understanding today’s global conflicts — and the possibility of peace through religious dialogue. While there are many people who agree that religious dialogue is important, they often miss the nuance of how to make it effective. I will be the first to admit that, before reading this book, I knew nothing about Francis of Assisi. Welcome back. 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. Absolutely loved this book. 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. In 1219, St. Francis traveled to what is now northern Egypt and paid a visit to the Muslim Sultan al-Malek al-Kamil. What really happened during this most unusual encounter? 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. Trailers See All. 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’ intention was to preach the love of Christ, thus winning the hearts of those … 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. 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! 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 does an interesting job of showing how Francis seemed to admire parts of the Islamic faith after his interaction with al-Kamil. Saint Francis and Sultan al-Kamil met in 1219, during the Fifth Crusade. 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. Loading... Something went wrong. “The Sultan and the Saint” tells the little-known story of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Muhammad Al-Kamil. Worth the read. Through their interaction, we see that interfaith dialogue can work to For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. 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. Buy, Sep 29, 2009 An article idea hyperinflated into a book. The book tells the story of a little known part of 13th century history. 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. 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. 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. 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 individuals met and discussed many things. Around 15 participants including the eminent theologians Frs Michael Amaladoss and Sebastian Painadath. . Set during the terrible time of the Crusades, it speaks with urgency to our present. The show is, accordingly, suitable viewing for adults and teens. This book is probably more fiction than fact. What happened next changed world history. A good story, though. I will be the first to admit that, before reading this book, I knew nothing about Francis of Assisi. The Sultan and the Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history. Love , compassion, mercifulness,kindness and generosity is everything. This is another book I would give a 4.5 rating to, if possible. 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. 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. Since I'm in agreement with the morals in this morality tale, I'm not sure why I found the book a bit annoying. 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. Excellent historical and inspirational call to Christian-Muslim dialogue through a study of the life of St. Francis. I learned a lot about the Third and Fourth Crusades and the Catholic Church's power and politics. “The Sultan and the Saint” contains realistic yet nongraphic war scenes, depictions of religious persecution and hunger, but nothing objectionable. One of the best stories about Francis of Assisi. I think the author's information on Francis was excellent. Moses believes that the peaceful interfaith meeting between The Saint and The Sultan was one of the important events in Saint Francis’s life. by Doubleday Religion. 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