We thought it was a. A simple Christian friar and a mighty Muslim leader met on a bloody battlefield during the crusades 800 years ago. We don't really know what they said or how they said it, and the crusade continued anyway. Fr Amalados described the film as "an excellent movie." Is it possible to give a book negative five stars because. While there are many people who agree that religious dialogue is important, they often miss the nuance of how to make it. 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. Moses believes that the peaceful interfaith meeting between The Saint and The Sultan was one of the important events in Saint Francis’s life. 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. Francis’ intention was to preach the love of Christ, thus winning the hearts of those … 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. As I said, an article, or op-ed piece. Francis went to Egypt on a mission of peace and met with the sultan as his forces were preparing to fight the crusaders. 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. Excellent read - learned much about the 5th Crusade, St. Francis and Sheikh Khamil. 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. and b) we're major book nerds. Francis of Assisi, during the last third of his life, went with a few brothers (friars), to the Holy Land. 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. There's a funny story behind my decision to read this book, so bear with me here. An article idea hyperinflated into a book. Saint Francis and Sultan al-Kamil met in 1219, during the Fifth Crusade. 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 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. 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. 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. While there are many people who agree that religious dialogue is important, they often miss the nuance of how to make it effective. 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. – 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. September 29th 2009 This book is probably more fiction than fact. The saint and the sultan : the Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's mission of peace / Paul Moses. The two met outside Damietta in Egypt during the Fifth Crusade. Trailer Ratings and Reviews. I was fascinated with the story of Francis of Assisi traveling with the 5th Crusade and meeting Kamil. 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. It recounts the meeting between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Malik al-Kamil. 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. 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. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of how and why this saint ended up living the life of a peacemaker. Loading... Something went wrong. Moses believes that the peaceful interfaith meeting between The Saint and The Sultan was one of the important events in Saint Francis’s life. 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. If you only ever read one book about Francis of Assisi, read "The Saint and the Sultan." By clicking Sign Up, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. 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 The Sultan and the Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history. The Sultan and the Saint ( 2016) The Sultan and the Saint. It is well researched and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for more information about the roots of our Franciscan charism as peacemakers. We immediately signed up because a) free book! 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. I think the author's information on Francis was excellent. Not really a book. The Sultan and The Saint The Sultan and the Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history. Yeah, sure, I'd seen the name places, but I'd never read anything about him. 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. For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. This is another book I would give a 4.5 rating to, if possible. I have recommended this book to my class in Catholicism. 5. 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. A good story, though. When he arrived in the Holy Land, he encountered the Sultan. 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. 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. 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. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Throughout his lifetime Francis played the role of conscience to the Institutional Catholic Church. Francis hoped to prevent a battle that would take many lives. One of the best stories about Francis of Assisi. 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. 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. The Who's Who and timeline in the back of the book I are very helpful. 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. I had this book on my shelf for a long time and am gladI pulled it off to read. 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. “The Sultan and the Saint” tells the little-known story of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Muhammad Al-Kamil. Moses does an interesting job of showing how Francis seemed to admire parts of the Islamic faith after his interaction with al-Kamil. 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. This was quite an intriguing introduction to a person who I'm going to have to read more about, though. Most interesting is how the 'official' biography of St. Francis was purged of any evidence of his efforts of peace. I wanted to read this after viewing The Sultan and the Saint from PBS and showing it to my religion classes. The message is very relevant to all sides of today's interfaith divide. “The Sultan and the Saint” contains realistic yet nongraphic war scenes, depictions of religious persecution and hunger, but nothing objectionable. Welcome back. 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. Producers of the new docudrama “The Sultan and the Saint” seize the opportunity created by renewed interest in Francis to tell, to their credit, a chapter from his story not as well-known as others. Refresh and try again. This is a real page turner and it's a wonderful book that highlights the encounter between St. Francis and the Sultan. 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. We don't really know what they said or how they said it, and the crusade continued anyway. What happened next changed world history. 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. We’d love your help. The author successfully bridged 800 years and made the stories accessible and relevant. 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. 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. 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. 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. | ISBN 9780385523707 Eight hundred years ago, Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt met on the bloody battlefields of the Crusades. 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. What really happened during this most unusual encounter? Absolutely loved this book. Join Our Holiday House Virtual Event Featuring Author Demos, Book Recommendations, and More! Format: Book Edition: 1st ed. 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. Sometimes it is through examining history that we can gain a new understanding of our modern world. Francis went to Egypt on a mission of peace and met with the sultan as his forces were preparing to fight the crusaders. I know, I know, we need more of these stories. 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. | ISBN 9780307589514 “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. I will be the first to admit that, before reading this book, I knew nothing about Francis of Assisi. What I liked about this book is that it was easy to understand and follow. Robert Bauval, who has recently visited the town of Assisi in Umbria, Italy, investigates this strange and little-known 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. “We consulted with Paul a great deal,” said Daniel Tutt, to present “a nice background story summary of the encounter. This book is definitely worth the read. 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. 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" tells one of the great, lost stories from history. I also did not know much about Francis's life. The uneven, but likably earnest, show debuts on PBS stations Tuesday, Dec. 26, 8-9 p.m. EST (check local listings). One of the must read books on Francis of Assisi. A system-wide email went out about receiving a free book (this one) to read in preparation for a book discussion. 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. In his thoroughly researched and engaging book Moses uncovers and retells the true story of the Christian saint’s audience with the Muslim ruler. 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. 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. Set in a past period of East-West conflict, it speaks with urgency to our present. We begin with Alexius, the Byzantine emperor, writing to the pope asking for mercenaries. Sep 29, 2009 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. 3 Ratings. by Doubleday Religion. Why did Francis of Assisi meet the Sultan of Egypt in September 1219? 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. Rent $2.99 Buy $5.99 View in iTunes. 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. 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 ». and b) we're major book nerds. 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. . 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. 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 … 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.”. 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. Brings a famous 13th century event into the modern day through solid research laid out as a story well told. 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. Be the first to ask a question about The Saint and the Sultan. I was even more fascinated with the humanity Kamil showed the flooded Crusaders when he could have killed them all. No background is given at all. 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.

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