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St. Francis of Assisi and the Conversion of the Muslims Paperback – December 1, 2008
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This is a rare and daring approach to the life of St. Francis and one that is so necessary in our world at this time. --Fr. Angelus Shaughnessy, O.F.M. Cap.
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In this excellent narrative of St. Francis coming face to face with the Muslims, Frank Rega (a Phi Beta Kappa and Woodrow Wilson scholar) traces a great and controversial moment in Christian history--the meeting of Francis of Assisi with the Sultan al Malik al Kamil, one of the most important leaders of Egypt, Palestine and Syria, in the hot summer of 1219, during the Fifth Crusade. Questions come to mind immediately: what on earth was Francis doing on a Crusade? What was his plan? his hope?
Strangely enough, there are probably many Christians, many Catholics, who are not aware that a crucial meeting took place between Francis and the Sultan. Those who knew Francis, as well as scholars and intellectuals through the centuries, have written tomes opining and debating the reason for Francis' bold venture into the enemy camp during a lull in the heated battle at Damietta, Egypt. But march in he did, with the might of his faith and one companion! He expected he would most likely be martyred. He was not. Instead....
This is Rega's entry into the debate. Francis, who had renounced the world, reduced himself to rags and the most austere living, and who loved every soul and creature on earth, joined the 5th Crusade "in a courageous attempt to preach the Gospel. . . in the Middle East," writes Rega. Standing in his beggarlike habit, Francis began to speak, and because of the simplicity of his arguments and the confidence he exuded, the Sultan was willing to listen to Francis' words.Read more ›
Saint Francis was a peacemaker, but he also recognized the importance of bearing arms in special circumstances, such as in defense of one's country. Being a parent of a son, serving in Iraq, and also a Franciscan, I truly delighted in being reminded of St. Francis' great love for God, his desire to unite all people, regardless of race or religion, and his ability to bring peace to troubled areas. I think all who read this book will acquire a greater love for St. Francis, as well as a true appreciation for his humility and respect for humankind.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace!
This is evident from Frank Rega's controversial new book, Saint Francis of Assisi and the Conversion of the Muslims. The author successfully dispels many of the myths spread about the saint's persona. He states: "To reduce this saint to a glorified social worker, a nature lover, or `the first hippie' is a great disservice to his true heritage."
On the contrary, Mr. Rega paints the true picture of Saint Francis: a saint of prayer, courage and action, who, contrary to the claims of many modern biographers, actually supported the Crusades.
The second section of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Conversion of the Muslims proves this contention. This part stands alone, for those who are only interested in reading about the saint's correspondence with the Muslims. However, it is sandwiched between two other sections, which recount the saint's life before and after his missionary journey to the Middle East. Together, these three sections make up an informative and highly readable biography of the Seraphic Father.
The book's main thrust and most interesting section deals with Saint Francis' true position in face of the Muslims. He felt a tremendous desire for their salvation and even risked torture and death to bring them the Gospel. However, he explicitly denounced Islam as a false religion that leads to damnation.Read more ›
The book is broken down into three parts. The first part deals with Francis' early life and his gradual lean toward a complete and total religious lifestyle which he created (the Franciscan Order).
The second part of the book revolves around Francis accompanying the Crusader army into Egypt and his attempts to convert the Muslim Sultan.
The third part is Francis' post-Crusade years.
For anyone wishing a deeper knowledge of St. Francis this is a great start. You will learn something new about him and deepen your appreciation for this remarkable saint.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yuck! I am sorry I wasted money on buying this book. I thought it would be similar to The Saint and the Sultan by Paul Moses, but is not even close. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very well researched account of St. Francis and his interaction with the sultan. Those who study the life and history of Francis understand that he was a deeply... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Blanka
This is an excellent, well-researched but extremely readable book. It gives insight into the man, into the saintly, deeply courageous and committed man St. Francis was. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Barbara McKay
Short and to the point, good overview of the event between Francis and the SultanPublished on July 28, 2014 by Stephanie Georgieff
It's not a bed time book for your children.
This book is for adults who want to really know St. Francis.
It's detailed and well sourced for historical records.