A Sultan in Palermo / Tariq Ali
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Book 4 of Tariq Ali's 'The Islam Quintet' - Tales of history, religion, love and conflict that stretch from Moorish Andalucia to present-day London and Lahore.
In 12th century Italy, Arab culture and language persist under the Norman occupation. Here, Sultan Rujari surrounds himslef with brilliant minds, among them the cartographer Muhammad al-Idrisi, a scientist whose legacy persists to this day. Faithful to the Sultan, al-Idrisi finds his loyalties torn when his friends begin to plot resistance to Norman rule whilst political turmoil mounts and threatens to tear the island apart.