A Sultan In Palermo: A Novel

Paperback | October 17, 2006

byTariq Ali

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The fourth novel in Tariq Ali’s ‘Islam Quintet’ charts the life and loves of the medieval cartographer Muhammed al-Idrisi. Torn between his close friendship with the sultan and his friends who are leaving the island or plotting a resistance to Norman rule, Idrisi finds temporary solace in the harem; but his conscience is troubled...

A Sultan in Palermo is a mythic novel in which pride, greed, and lust intermingle with resistance and greatness. It echoes a past that can still be heard today.

Praise for the Islam Quintet:

“A richly woven tapestry that even before its completion merits comparison with Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo trilogy.” Kirkus Reviews

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The fourth novel in Tariq Ali’s ‘Islam Quintet’ charts the life and loves of the medieval cartographer Muhammed al-Idrisi. Torn between his close friendship with the sultan and his friends who are leaving the island or plotting a resistance to Norman rule, Idrisi finds temporary solace in the harem; but his conscience is troubled...A S...

Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics—including Pirates of the Caribbean, Bush in Babylon, The Clash of Fundamentalisms and The Obama Syndrome—as well as five novels in his Islam Quintet series and scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left Revie...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 7.52 × 5.4 × 0.73 inPublished:October 17, 2006Publisher:Verso BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1844671011

ISBN - 13:9781844671014

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“A marvelously paced and boisterously told novel of intrigue, love, insurrection and manipulation.”—The Guardian