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 | Afterword | 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 The Conquest of Andalusia cover?

5. What kind of social, political and religious picture does Zaidan present of Spain before the Muslim conquest?

6. Who are the novel’s main characters?

7. Why were the smaller Arab armies successful in their invasion of Andalusia?

8. How did the Jewish community help the Arab invasion? Why was it in their interest to do so?




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