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The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace Hardcover – Sep 29 2009

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Moving and Fascinating Oct. 26 2009
By R. J. Vezza - Published on
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This book captivated my sense of history and spirituality. Mr. Moses writes clearly, concisely and puts into context the times and forces that created one of the most unique individuals of his age or any age where war and money drive people's behavior. Moses, in his preface, tells us that perhaps there are lessons for us to learn from this extraordinary man and his quest for peace. Today, as we wage two wars and focus on our economic well-being, Moses' book provides us with another perspective, another way for us to think and live. This is a must-read.
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Another Side to an Amazing Saint Oct. 17 2009
By Leonard Walker - Published on
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I visited Assisi while in Italy and found it a very moving experience. To see where St. Francis lived was incredible.Paul's book tells a story about St. Francis that I had never heard.He writes in a way that kept me fascinated throughout the entire book. Well done!
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A tale for our times Nov. 24 2009
By J. A. Donaghy - Published on
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In the midst of war, Francis goes unarmed to meet the enemy leader. In a time when Muslims were demonized, Francis has an extended dialogue with the Sultan. But the real story got lost in the midst of politics - the Crusades and heresy allegations. The author does a marvelous job of telling the real story and then showing how and why it was covered up. He also gives a sympathetic - yet realistic - portrait of the Sultan.

It gave me an ever greater appreciation of St. Francis and his call to peacemaking. Francis wasn't a plastic saint for birdbaths. He was a real live follower of Christ, not afraid to tell the Crusaders that their effort was in vain and open enough to meet the enemy. A true peacemaker.

It's a great book to help us get a better grasp of what Christian-Muslim relations could be.
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Example of bad scholarship July 21 2012
By Bobby C Murphy - Published on
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The author explicitly states that he uses his "skills" as a journalist to ignore texts which disagree with his argument of st. Francis as a counter-cultural peacemaker opposing the crusades through non-violent actions. Paul Moses argues how unreliable a text like bonaventure's biography is when it is convenient to Moses's thesis and then quote Bonaventure's text when it is supportive. The fact is that st. Francis was not unique in preaching to Muslims during the crusades and it was seen by those who participated as a supplement to the crusades as well as having the potential benefit for the missionaries of obtaining martyrdom. The author demonstrates a major lack of knowledge about 13th century views on missions in order to understand the context of Francis's own mission properly. There is no evidence to indicate that Francis was opposed to the crusades. Read John v. Tolan's Saint Francis and the Sultan for a well researched analysis of this historical event by an actual expert in the history of medieval Christian-Muslim relations.
this book helps, to the up-most, to understand the title of our present pope April 16 2014
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most christians especially catholics{which i am one} wont believe it just as st francis could not recognize his order after 20 yrs and especially now. A MUST READ FOR THOSE TO UNDERSTAND THE PRESENT SITUATION IN THE US AND MIDDLE EAST AND ISRAEL. WHY DOES GOOGLE NOT PLACE ISREAL{ THE HOLY LAND} ON THEIR MAPS?