A Sultan in Palermo

A Sultan in Palermo

Tariq Ali / Jul 18, 2019

A Sultan in Palermo 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 leavin

  • Title: A Sultan in Palermo
  • Author: Tariq Ali
  • ISBN: 9781844671014
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 troubledA Sultan in Palermo is a mythic novel in whThe 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 troubledA 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.

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      • Tariq Ali

        Tariq Ali Punjabi, Urdu born 21 October 1943 is a British Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.He is the author of several books, including Can Pakistan Survive The Death of a State 1991 , Pirates Of The Caribbean Axis Of Hope 2006 , Conversations with Edward Said 2005 , Bush in Babylon 2003 , and Clash of Fundamentalisms Crusades, Jihads and Modernity 2002 , A Banker for All Seasons 2007 and the recently published The Duel 2008.


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    1. Sultan in Palermo is set in the Middle Ages Sicily, at the time when Arabs, having already lost control of the island live alongside the ruling Normans (who are Christians). The main characters are two major historical figures, Sultan Rujeri of Sicily (otherwise known, King Roger II of Sicily) and his protégé, Muhammad al-Idrisi, a cartographer. A mostly peaceful co-existence, however, the tension and fear of persecution are ever present among the minority Arab population. The historical and c [...]


    2. Sigh. I know there's a fifth book, but at the time I bought these, it was actually still a quartet, so I'm going to pretend it's still a quartet and call it a day.I liked the historical context and the politics. I wish Ali would stick to history and politics. Instead, we spend most of our time with the palace geographer and intimate of the Sultan in Palermo (c. 1153). The political crisis is interesting: the Christian Sultan, whose reign has been more or less tolerant toward Muslims, is dying. H [...]


    3. As with the previous 3 novels in the quintet, “A Sultan in Palermo” stands on its own. Set in Sicily in 1153 when it was ruled by the Christian Sultan/King Hauteville (Roger II) rather earlier when it was ruled by the Muslims, Ali focuses not on military and political power, but on the co-mingling of religious cultures (Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Olympian) and all that was lost when the religions pulled violently apart from one another. His books attempt to undermine the orthodoxies of b [...]


    4. It's a historian's book inasmuch as it offers a great glimpse into what was Arab Sicily (Siqilliya) in the middle 12th century. One never would have assumed the flourishing of Muslim and Arab culture so close to the stronghold of the Vatican, but several assumptions can be demolished when one reds this book. But I guess Tariq Ali thought he could do what Umberto Eco did -- try to transcend being a scholar to being a writer. The writing is bad, the story is non-existent and the plots are quite sp [...]


    5. My favorite and also my first of the Islam Quintet. I love these books-- they should be required reading as they show the marvelous and the sad history of the Islamic people the world order. But mostly they show the incredible amount of diversity and acceptance classic Islam had, and will again.


    6. Με αυτό το βιβλίο έγινε η γνωριμία μου με τον Tariq Ali το καλοκαίρι του 2015, μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ (δεν ήθελα να τελειώσει) κι έτσι ξεκίνησα για τα υπόλοιπα 4 βιβλία της 5λογίας του ισλάμ.


    7. buku ini saya baca dalam translasi bahasa indonesia. entah kenapa, buat saya sepertiga awal dari buku ini cukup sulit diikuti. Percobaan membaca ketiga baru saya dapat memahami jalan pikiran penulis. Tetapi, begitu kecepatan jalan ceritanya meningkat - khususnya setengah terakhir, cerita cukup dapat dinikmati. meskipun bab terakhir terasa dipercepat (mungkin karena sultan rujarinya sudah mati, kali ya??)yang pasti, memahami muhammad al idrisi sang amir al kitab - sang tokoh utama, menjadi pengal [...]


    8. Konon, jika ingin mengetahui budaya suatu bangsa, bacalah melalui novel-novelnya.Tariq Ali salah satu novelist identik dengan tema sejarah terutama berlatar timur tengah. Ini buku kedua yang kubaca setelah perempuan batu. Tapi ya.ri khas Tariq Ali, memadu intrik politik, dan skandal percintaan. Apa memang dua hal ini tak bisa dilepaskan yaa??Buku ini sendiri bercerita tentang Islam di Palermo, sebuah pulau di selatan Italy. Diceritakan dari kehidupan Muhammad al-Idrisi, seorang pembuat peta, sah [...]


    9. If you think Islam beats out Christianity for brutality, you will think again after reading this historically accurate novel by British-Pakistani historian/novelist Tariq Ali. It takes place around 1150 in Sicily during the period when the Normans had accomplished a "peaceful" takeover of power from the Arabs. But the Vatican politics and thirst for power stopped at no form of inhumanity. Ah, but you already knew that, right? I always appreciate a historical perspective on current events. Ali gi [...]


    10. Ali is once again very skillful in humanising the historical record through depicting the motivations underlying (in)famous acts.Ali's portrayal of Muslim life in Italy and Spain is a welcome alternative to the 'history written by the victors' that colours most understandings of the era.


    11. Interesting as a look into the dying days of a golden age of culture in which the three religions of the book lived together in harmony, but the quality of the writing is horrible.


    12. I tend to agree with the negative criticisms of this book. The historical context, taking place during the fall of Arab Sicily, was interesting and new for me, but the novel otherwise fell short. First, the characters were completely unbelievable as human beings. Second, the plot was boring, riddled with "dramatic" plot-twists that served no function. And third, the writing was bad. I give this 2 stars rather that a single star only because there were a few enjoyable passages, especially in the [...]


    13. SEORANG SULTAN DI PALERMOTariq AliPenerjemah : Atta Verin & Anton KurniaPenerbit : SerambiCetakan : Pertama, Maret 2007Hhmmmp… ternyata lumayan lama juga jarak antara “ Perempuan Batu “ dengan “ Seorang Sultan di Palermo “. Terlalu banyak keinginan rupanya sehingga aku sedikit segan untuk menyimak kelanjutan dongeng yang dikemas tariq Ali dalam beberapa buku.“ Seorang Sultan di Palermo “ merupakan buku keempat dari lima rangkaian novel sejarah tenteng pertentangan antara perada [...]


    14. It is kinda very obvious that this book was written by a social theorist who is trying to make a point about the history of Islam. He makes the point fairly well but it's not that fun to read.


    15. Interesting history, but terrible romance. This novel is based on the life of the historical character Muhammad al-Idrisi, a 12th century Muslim geographer in Sicily during the reign of king Roger II. Sicily had been retaken by Christian forces from the Muslims, but there was still a Muslim majority on the island, and the conquerors were unable to administer the island without Muslim help. So until the death of Roger the local population was left mostly in peace. The novel covers the period of a [...]


    16. After visiting Sicily for the first time this year, I have been looking for literature on the extraordinary art and culture from the period when this novel is set. Twelfth century Sicily brought artworks of a kind not found anywhere else, uniting Byzantine mosaics, Greek sculpture, Norman architecture and Fatimid craftsmanship. An extraordinary world. The novel, however, belongs to a genre of historical literature where the narrative becomes so sensationalist and dramatic a scaffold for conveyin [...]


    17. The 'historical' part of this historical novel is interesting and worthwhile. Ali sheds light on a a little understood and little publicized era of Sicilian history, when Muslims and Christians co-existed under Roger II (c. 1150). His recounting stimulated a number of 'what-ifs' around what could have happened if this tolerant (by Middle Ages standards) ruler, and his ultimate successor, Frederick II, could have isolated themselves from the forces of the Papal States, and thereby softened the im [...]


    18. Hay libros malos y libros pésimos. Este pertenece sin ninguna duda a la segunda categoría. Y mira que el momento y el lugar son interesantes y poco conocidos: la Sicilia del siglo XII, una población mixta formada por griegos, árabes y normandos, el reinado de Roger II y su corte arabizante, un geógrafo musulmán que elaboró una completa geografía del mundo conocido (el ceutí Al-Idrisi). Pues ni por esas. Tariq Alí se empeña en contar una historia tonta de amoríos maduros del geógrafo [...]


    19. Sigh, I really wanted to like this :(. I really don't think fiction is his thing. Too heavy in forced athiest ideology ("Nobody could have forseen this. Not even Allah.") and superimposed modern ideals (we get a lot of Ali's raw opinions on things like feminism, Andalusi convivencia, and objectivity conveyed directly through the out-of-time/out-of-place musings of his characters) to really tell any actualstory. Lots of 'token' characters and convenient BTWs that coincidentally move the plot (or [...]


    20. Uma leitura agradável e bastante apelativa aos sentidos, já que não faltam erotismo e referências culinárias árabes na narrativa. Talvez um pouco tendencioso, ao mostrar os árabes que viveram na Europa como cultos e civilizados em contraste com os cristãos - aqui chamados nazarenos - , mostrados como bárbaros e corruptos.Ainda assim, é bastante esclarecedor no que diz respeito à um entendimento mais amplo da cultura islâmica - sua fé, sua relação com a sensualidade e o prazer, e s [...]


    21. Very disappointing. Tariq Ali's worst book by far. Don't even bother. It starts off with a seemingly interesting recount of Idrissi's mapmaking endeavors then somehow evolves into an uninspiring myriad of twisted tales, most of which are sick to say the least. Storyline is too predictable as are most of Ali's books; what was unpredictable though was the grotesque twist of some of the events and incidents.


    22. The fourth novel returns to mediaeval times and is set on a smaller stage from a historical point of view. It is still a significant historical setting, map making and navigation were to become increasingly important, but the personal story comes through very strongly in this book. The characters are not dwarfed by their history so much.


    23. Tariq Ali is a fascinating writer who captures a time and place in history that is rarely handled in western literature. I do, however, tire of his perpetually faithless males. His first book in the series, Under the Pomegranate Tree, remains my favorite.


    24. u know i don't remember it that well - out of the series I would recommend the pomegranate tree one and the book of saladine rest follow a similar trajectory but still give a wonderful historical fiction about Islam and the world.


    25. Niat baca buku ini karena ingin mengetahui sejarah tentang islam dimasa era-era kejayaan islam. Ternyata Islam pernah berjaya di Italia tepatnya di sissilia, tapi apa yang ternyata apa yang didadapat bahwa buku ini full of sex, skandal, dan sebagainya.


    26. Dwie gwiazdki: za nieścisłości, w tamtym okresie na wyspie nie mówiono po angielsku! Do tego fabuła będąca miejscami bez ładu i składu. Generalnie to 300 stron męki. Najsłabszy z tomów Kwintetu jakie do tej pory przeczytałam.


    27. A man of learning deals with romance / intrigue / family in medieval Sicily.Even though this book deals with murder / political plots / betrayals / uprising / sex I found it dull – it left no impression on me at all.




    28. O quarto livro da série, esse me encantou por mostrar um pouco da cultura muçulmana em sua riqueza. O livro acaba abruptamente, como se o autor tivesse se cansado ou desistido da história. Uma pena.


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