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 Issa J. Boullata, Ph.D. (London), a noted scholar and teacher and an experienced translator of many Arabic literary works translated this novel. He is Emeritus Professor of Arabic Literature at the Institute of Islamic Studies of McGill University in Montreal. Between 1975 and 2004, when he retired, he taught postgraduate courses at McGill University in the fields of Arabic literature, Qur’anic studies, modern Arab thought, and modern Islamic developments.



Opera on the Life of Jurji Zaidan
(in Arabic) attended by the
President of Egypt

Prelude with Speeches of Literary Figures


Jurji Zaidan and his Family

Centennial Celebrations
of Dar-al-Hilal