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

About the Translator

Professor Paul Starkey a noted scholar and translator of Arabic works translated this novel. He is the Head of the Arabic Department at Durham University, England. He is the author of several books on Arabic literature most notably Modern Arabic Literature, Edinburgh University Press, 2006 and has translated many Arab literary works, most recently some of Jurji Zaidan’s selected writings for the forthcoming volume by Thomas Philipp on -- Jurji Zaidan’s Secular Analysis of History and Language¬† as Foundations of Arab Nationalism.