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A Sultan in Palermo

(2005)
(The fourth book in the Islam Quintet series)
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The fourth novel in Tariq Ali's Islam Quintet is set in medieval Palermo, a Muslim city rivalling Baghdad and Cordoba in size and splendour. The year is 1153. The Normans are ruling Siqqiliya, but Arab culture and language dominate the island and the court. Sultan Rujari (King Roger) surrounds himself with Muslim intellectuals, several concubines, and an administration presided over by gifted eunuchs. The bishops, expecting to be at the pinnacle of power, are angered by the decadence of the court. In this captivating novel, Tariq Ali 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, confronted by the common people of Noto and Catania, his conscience is troubled.

A Sultan in Palermo is a mythic novel in which pride, greed, and lust intermingle with resistance and greatness. Set in the past, it has haunting resonance today.

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May 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Sultan in Palermo: A Novel (Islam Quintet)
Author(s): Tariq Ali
ISBN: 1-84467-025-2 / 978-1-84467-025-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Verso Books
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2005 : Paperback
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Title: A Sultan in Palermo
Author(s): Tariq Ali
ISBN: 8170462983 / 978-8170462989
Publisher: Seagull
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July 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Sultan in Palermo (Islam Quintet)
Author(s): Tariq Ali
ISBN: 1-78168-930-X / 978-1-78168-930-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Verso Books
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September 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Sultan in Palermo (Islam Quintet 4)
Author(s): Tariq Ali
ISBN: 1-84467-101-1 / 978-1-84467-101-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Verso Books
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October 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Sultan in Palermo: A Novel (The Islam Quintet)
Author(s): Tariq Ali
Publisher: Open Road Media
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