Campolo told of how St. Francis of Assisi left the Christian army during the Crusades, went to the tent of a sultan leading the Muslim army and tried to win him to Christ.
This is a deeply moving drama in which the wise Nathan acts as a mediator between Saladin, the Muslim sultan , and Conrad, an intemperate templar knight.
The architecture is inspired by a 17th century Malay sultan 's palace.
Elizabeth's dog, which had been bred in Turkey, was a gift from the sultan of that country.
According to that legend, the sultan who built the gorgeously white Taj Mahal as a tomb for his wife constructed a black replica for himself across the river Agra.
For me, the central message of the book was just how little contact there was between the sultan 's Muslim subjects and those of his other peoples, such as the Christians and the Jews, let alone visiting foreigners.
He was compelled to start negotiations, make peace and suffer the humiliation of becoming vassal to the Turkish sultan .
For an encore he invaded India in 1398 on the pretext that the Muslim sultan of Delhi was being too tolerant of his Hindu subjects.
Balian did in fact play a crucial role as a Crusader noble in the events surrounding the fall of Jerusalem in 1187 to the Muslim sultan Saladin.
Oman is a sultanate (a type of monarchy) with a sultan as the head of state and head of government.