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

About the Translator

The novel was translated by Professor Roger Allen who is the Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, School of Arts & Sciences, Professor of Arabic & Comparative Literature, and Chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania. He served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America in 2009-2010.

Professor Allen, a noted scholar and teacher of Arab literature and an experienced translator of many Arab literary works, has also provided an illuminating analysis of Zaidan as a historical novelist in his Afterword as well as a Study Guide for students.



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