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Book of Saladin

Book of Saladin - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-1859842317

Cover of Book of Saladin 98 (ISBN 978-1859842317)
ISBN13: 978-1859842317
ISBN10: 1859842313
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Verso Book
Published: 1998
International: No

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Book of Saladin - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-1859842317

Tariq Ali

ISBN13: 978-1859842317
ISBN10: 1859842313
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Verso Book

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

Tariq Ali's latest novel is a chronicle set in twelfth-century Cairo, Damascus and Jerusalem. The Book of Saladin is the fictional memoir of Saladin, the Kurdish liberator of Jerusalem, as dictated to a Jewish scribe, Ibn Yakub. Saladin grants Ibn Yakub permission to talk to his wife and retainers so that he might present a full portrait in the Sultan's memoirs. A series of interconnected stories follows, tales brimming over with warmth, earthy humour and passions in which ideals clash with realities and dreams are confounded by desires. At the heart of the novel is an affecting love affair between the Sultan's favoured wife, Jamila, and the beautiful Halima, a later addition to the harem. The novel charts the rise of Saladin as Sultan of Egypt and Syria and follows him as he prepares, in alliance with his Jewish and Christian subjects, to take Jerusalem back from the Crusaders.

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