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Author Tolan, John Victor, 1959- author.

Title Saint Francis and the sultan : the curious history of a Christian-Muslim encounter / John Tolan.

Publication Info. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.


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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 382 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-372) and index.
Contents List of Illustrations; Abbreviations; Introduction; I. THIRTEENTH TO FOURTEENTH CENTURIES; II. FOURTEENTH TO TWENTY-FIRST CENTURIES; Epilogue; Notes; Index.
Summary "In September, 1219, as the armies of the Fifth Crusade besieged the Egyptian city of Damietta, Francis of Assisi went to Egypt to preach to Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil. Although we in fact know very little about this event, this has not prevented artists and writers from the thirteenth century to the twentieth, unencumbered by mere facts, from portraying Francis alternatively as a new apostle preaching to the infidels, a scholastic theologian proving the truth of Christianity, a champion of the crusading ideal, a naive and quixotic wanderer, a crazed religious fanatic, or a medieval Gandhi preaching peace, love, and understanding. Al-Kamil, on the other hand, is variously presented as an enlightened pagan monarch hungry for evangelical teaching, a cruel oriental despot, or a worldly libertine." "Saint Francis and the Sultan takes a detailed look at these richly varied artistic responses to this brief but highly symbolic meeting. Throwing into relief the changing fears and hopes that Muslim-Christian encounters have inspired in European artists and writers in the centuries since, it gives a uniquely broad but precise vision of the evolution of Western attitudes towards Islam and the Arab world over the last eight hundred years."--Jacket.
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Awards Académie Française, Prix Diane Potier-Boès, 2008.
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Subject Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226.
Malik al-Kāmil Muḥammad, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, 1180?-1238.
Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226 -- Art.
Missions to Muslims -- Egypt -- Historiography.
Christian hagiography.
Christian art and symbolism.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- General.
RELIGION -- Christian Life -- Social Issues.
Other Form: Print version: Tolan, John Victor, 1959- Saint Francis and the sultan. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009 9780199239726 (DLC) 2008053082 (OCoLC)291453897
Standard No. 9786612235030
ISBN 9780191567490 (electronic bk.)
0191567493 (electronic bk.)
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