Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Saint and Sultan at Fordham

When the Saint Met the Sultan
A medieval ‘summit’ with 21st-century lessons?

Wednesday, 17 February 2010
6–8 p.m.

Fordham University • Lincoln Center Campus
12th floor Lounge • 113 W. 60th Street
In 1219, in the middle of the Fifth Crusade, Francis of Assisi crossed enemy lines and met the sultan of Egypt in search of peace. { That’s a fact. }

What really happened in this meeting? What does it teach us about the encounter between Christianity and Islam? What does it tell us about the use and abuse of history? { That’s a debate. }

Four authors, four contrasting views:
Paul Moses, Brooklyn College, journalist and author,
The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi’s
Mission of Peace

John Tolan, University of Nantes, historian and author,
Saint Francis and the Sultan: The Curious History of a Christian-Muslim Encounter

Kathleen Warren, OSF, filmmaker and author,
Daring to Cross the Threshold: Francis of Assisi Encounters Sultan Malek al-Kamil

Adnan Husain, Queen’s University Canada, historian and author,
Identity Polemics: Encounters with Islam in the Medieval Mediterranean World (1150-1300)

Free and Open to the Public
R.S.V.P. to CRCevent@fordham.edu, (212) 636-7347
For more information: www.fordham.edu/ReligCulture

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