Quartet, in its diversity, is publishing a book that in essence is historical, yet it captures the attention of the reader as if it were an absorbing novel, hard to put down and enjoyably gripping.
The year is 1613: the Ottoman Empire is at its height, sprawling from Hungary to Iraq, Morocco to Yemen. One man dares to challenge it: the Prince of the mysterious Druze sect in Mount Lebanon, Fakhr ad-Din.
Yielding before a mighty army sent to conquer him, he – astonishingly – takes refuge with the Medici in Florence at the height of the Renaissance.
During his five-year stay in Italy, he fights to persuade Popes, Grand-Dukes and Viceroys to support a grand plan: a new Crusade to wrest the Holy Land from the Ottomans, giving Jerusalem back to Christendom and himself a crown.
This groundbreaking biography of Fakhr ad-Din, Prince of the Druze, is based on the author’s vivid new translations of contemporary sources in Arabic and other languages. It brings to life one remarkable man’s beliefs and ambitions, uniquely illuminating the elusive interface between Eastern and Western culture.
Since the world has become a much smaller place due to the technological advances that have changed our lives and made us more aware of what happens in every corner of the globe, the cultural aspect of every nation has equally spread to other far regions at such a pace that it has become necessary to link historical events with what is happening today.
As the world is embroiled in all sorts of ethical and cultural ambiguities, particularly due to the large divide between East and West, a better understanding of the political and spiritual enigmas that cause a rift will at least lead to a better understanding of the issues involved.
History is by far the most effective mentor one can have, but alas, people in power invariably disregard it to their own detriment and those they rule.
We wage wars we know we cannot win. We refuse to stamp out poverty for fear of equality. We enact laws that go contrary to our spiritual beliefs and encourage greed in a capitalist system bereft of any human consideration, and we call all that progress. Let history be our bible so we can at least see the foolishness of our actions.
Renaissance Emir is a book which will shed some light on the possible enaction of a dialogue between East and West, pave the way for a more comprehensive concord between different cultures to enhance our knowledge and make us richer in wisdom and tolerance.
Order your copy now before the rush. You will be intrigued, entertained and historically more aware. Don’t miss this golden opportunity.