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A Sultan in Palermo (The Islam Quintet, Vol. 4)
A Sultan in Palermo (The Islam Quintet, Vol. 4) by Tariq Ali 1844671011 9781844671014
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A Sultan in Palermo (The Islam Quintet, Vol. 4) by Tariq Ali

Set in medieval Palermo, this is the fourth novel in Tariq Alis celebrated Islam Quintet. The fourth novel in Tariq Alis Islam Quintet is set in medieval Palermo, a Muslim city rivaling Baghdad and Cordoba in size and splendor. The year is 1153. The Normans are ruling Siqqiliya, but Arab culture and language dominate the island and the court. Sultan Rujari (King Roger) surrounds himself with Muslim intellectuals, several concubines, and an administration presided over by gifted eunuchs. The bishops, expecting to be at the pinnacle of power, are angered by the decadence of the court. In this captivating novel, Tariq Ali charts the life and loves of the medieval cartographer Muhammed al-Idrisi. Torn between his close friendship with the sultan and his friends who are leaving the island or plotting a resistance to Norman rule, Idrisi finds temporary solace in the harem; but, confronted by the common people of Noto and Catania, his conscience is troubled. A Sultan in Palermo is a mythic novel in which pride, greed, and lust intermingle with resistance and greatness. Set in the past, it has haunting resonance today.

Author: Tariq Ali

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 246

Publisher: Verso

Publication Date: 2006-10-17

Our Price: $9.33

ISBN: 1844671011

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