About Jurji Zaidan

Introductory Summary

The Conquest of Andalusia | The Battle of Poitiers | The Caliph's Sister

The Caliph's Heirs | Saladin and the Assassins

About the Novel | The Historical Context | The Translator | Study Guide

The Study Guide

The Study Guide for students deals with a number of questions about the author, the evolution of the Arabic novel, the historical context and the events of in the novel; it also includes a list of books for further reading. Questions include the following:

1. Who was Jurji Zaidan?

2. What is a historical novel?

3. What is the early history of the Arabic novel?

4. What historical period does Saladin and the Assassins cover?

5. Who was Saladin?

6. Who were the Assassins?      

7. How was Saladin viewed by European historians? What were his  goals and did he achieve them?

8. Who are the principle characters of Saladin and the Assassins  and what role did they play in the novel's story?