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The Resource Saint Francis and the sultan : the curious history of a Christian-Muslim encounter, John Tolan

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

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Saint Francis and the sultan : the curious history of a Christian-Muslim encounter
Title
Saint Francis and the sultan
Title remainder
the curious history of a Christian-Muslim encounter
Statement of responsibility
John Tolan
Title variation
History of a Christian-Muslim encounter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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
Awards note
Académie Française, Prix Diane Potier-Boès, 2008
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tolan, John Victor
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BX4700.F6
LC item number
T56 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Francis
  • Malik al-Kāmil Muḥammad
  • Francis
  • Franz (von Assisi)
  • Kamil, al-Malik ((al-)) (Aijubidenreich, Sultan)
  • Missions to Muslims
  • Christian hagiography
  • Christian art and symbolism
  • Islam
  • islam
Label
Saint Francis and the sultan : the curious history of a Christian-Muslim encounter, John Tolan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-372) and index
Contents
Part I. Thirteenth to fourteenth centuries. 1. Francis, model for the spiritual renewal of the church: Jacques de Vitry (1220 and 1223-1225) -- 2. Al-Kamil, worthy adversary of the crusaders: anonymous Chronicle of the Crusade (1227-1229) -- 3. Great thirst for martyrdom: Thomas of Celano, Vita prima (1228) -- 4. Epic hero and eminent professor: Henry of Avranches (1229-1230) -- 5. Bearer of the precepts of life: the Bardi Dossal (1240s) -- 6. Burning with a perfect love: Bonaventure, Legenda maior (1263) -- 7. Trial by fire: the Assisi fresco (late thirteenth century) -- 8. Father of the spirituals: Angelo Clareno (1326) -- 9. The sultan converted: the Deeds of Blessed Francis and his Companions (1327-1337) -- Part II. Fourteenth to twenty-first centuries. 10. Trial by fire in painting and sculpture -- 11. The Saint of Assisi confronts barbarous infidelity: sixteenth and seventeenth centuries -- 12. Saint and sultan seen by Philosophes and traditionalists: eighteenth century -- 13. Francis in Jerusalem -- 14. Francis, apostle of peace
Control code
291453897
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 382 p.
Isbn
9780199239726
Lccn
2008053082
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)291453897
Label
Saint Francis and the sultan : the curious history of a Christian-Muslim encounter, John Tolan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-372) and index
Contents
Part I. Thirteenth to fourteenth centuries. 1. Francis, model for the spiritual renewal of the church: Jacques de Vitry (1220 and 1223-1225) -- 2. Al-Kamil, worthy adversary of the crusaders: anonymous Chronicle of the Crusade (1227-1229) -- 3. Great thirst for martyrdom: Thomas of Celano, Vita prima (1228) -- 4. Epic hero and eminent professor: Henry of Avranches (1229-1230) -- 5. Bearer of the precepts of life: the Bardi Dossal (1240s) -- 6. Burning with a perfect love: Bonaventure, Legenda maior (1263) -- 7. Trial by fire: the Assisi fresco (late thirteenth century) -- 8. Father of the spirituals: Angelo Clareno (1326) -- 9. The sultan converted: the Deeds of Blessed Francis and his Companions (1327-1337) -- Part II. Fourteenth to twenty-first centuries. 10. Trial by fire in painting and sculpture -- 11. The Saint of Assisi confronts barbarous infidelity: sixteenth and seventeenth centuries -- 12. Saint and sultan seen by Philosophes and traditionalists: eighteenth century -- 13. Francis in Jerusalem -- 14. Francis, apostle of peace
Control code
291453897
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 382 p.
Isbn
9780199239726
Lccn
2008053082
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)291453897
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