A new look at Francis of Assisi

The Saint and the Sultan: the Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace - a book by veteran journalist Paul Moses - tells the story of a unique historical encounter between a beloved Christian saint and a powerful sultan of Egypt who was a nephew of the great Muslim warrior Saladin. It was published by Doubleday.

The Saint and the Sultan won the 2010 Catholic Press Association Book Award for History, first place. The judges called it "A valuable historical resource for Westerners and Muslims seeking understanding across religious and cultural frontiers."

The book is a selection of the U.S. Catholic Book Club.

To learn more, view this TV interview or read Melinda Henneberger's article for PoliticsDaily on "What Christians and Muslims Can Learn from `The Saint and the Sultan.' "










"This brilliant retelling of a largely forgotten chapter in the life of the most beloved of saints comes just when we need it most." - James Martin, S.J., author of My Life with the Saints.

“In this sprightly and smart book, Paul Moses rediscovers an ancient moment in time that, in his telling, has timeless resonance.” – Jon Meacham, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.













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Paul Moses is a professor of journalism at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is a former senior religion writer, City Hall bureau chief and city editor at Newsday, where he was the lead writer in news coverage that won a Pulitzer Prize.