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U.S. Catholic book club: The Saint and the Sultan

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Review: Can a long misrepresented 13th-century encounter between two extraordinary individuals inspire world-changing reconciliation and peacemaking today? It can and it does. 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.

ZIn his thoroughly researched and engaging book Moses uncovers and retells the true story of the Christian saint's audience with the Muslim ruler "with the hope that it will encourage others to build on [their] example."—Meinrad Scherer-Emunds, Executive Editor, U.S. CATHOLIC

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