A Sultan in Palermo by Tariq Ali is the fourth historical novel in Ali’s “Islam Quintet” series, exploring the encounter between Islam and Christianity. Written between 2001 and 2004 and published in 2005, it combines a well paced story with little known historical facts; it also challenges the inaccurate political rhetoric of today, which aligns Christianity with a western thought and ethos, and posits Islam as the oriental, distinct, separate “other”. Instead, A Sultan in Palermo celebrates the dazzling synthesis of East and West …
Shamsie, Muneeza. "A Sultan in Palermo". The Literary Encyclopedia.
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