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The Sultan of Palermo

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The Sultan of Palermo by Ali Tariq
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This fourth novel in Tariq Ali's "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.

Author Biography

Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics, as well as scripts for the both stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left Review and lives in London.
Release date Australia
September 20th, 2006
Author
Pages
240
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Verso Books
Dimensions
137x191x19
ISBN-13
9781844671014
Product ID
1937078

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