New Perspectives and Teaching Resources on the Crusades

Saturday, January 20, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, CCAS Boardroom, ICC #241,  at Georgetown University

A workshop co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, and Unity Productions Foundation. The workshop will feature the new documentary film The Sultan and the Saint, to be aired on PBS stations December 26, 2017.

The Crusades began with Urban II’s call at Claremont in 1096, and continued for the next two centuries. Seen as a wider movement to spread Christianity, the Crusading period included the reach of Christian powers from the Iberian Peninsula to end seven centuries of  Muslim rule, and their efforts to conquer the New World in the west and to reach the Indies in the east. The imagery of the Crusade indelibly marked relations between Europeans and Muslims, and still lingers today. The film The Sultan and the Saint explores a little-known encounter during the Fifth Crusade in Egypt, in which St. Francis, a humble monk, visited the court of Ayyubid Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil in an effort to bridge between the opposing forces.

This workshop for educators is an opportunity to acquire the film for the classroom, hear from the filmmakers and scholars involved in its production, and explore the set of curriculum resources created for its companion website.

Speakers include:

  • Suleiman Mourad, Smith College
  • Michael Cusato, St. Bonaventure University
  • Homayra Ziad, Institute for Islamic Christian Jewish Studies
  • Alison Kysia & Susan Douglass, Sultan & the Saint Curriculum Developers

Lunch will be provided. Register here.


This workshop is made possible in part by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and a Title VI grant from the U. S. Department of Education, which is funding a National Resource Center of the Middle East and North Africa at Georgetown University