Dr. Albert Celoza, Phoenix College World Religions, with the support of Franciscan Renewal Center Season for Nonviolence and the Arizona Interfaith Movement invite you to a movie and discussion night with a special screening of the film: THE SULTAN AND THE SAINT
"The Sultan and The Saint" tells one of the great, lost stories from history. Set during the terrible time of the Crusades, it speaks with urgency to our present. Two men of faith, one an itinerant Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Kingdom, bucked a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in a search for peace.
It is the story of Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, and their meeting on a bloody battlefield, when one of the largest Crusader armies ever assembled tried to conquer Egypt. Not only does it speak directly to some of the East-West conflicts of today, the story itself is compelling, with many twists and turns, and engaging characters.
The Crusades resulted in four generations of escalating conflict that was directed not only at Muslims, but also Jews, Orthodox Christians in the East, and eventually other Western Europeans. This film sheds light on the little known encounter between two men who helped to ultimately end this seemingly endless war.
After the movie Dr. Albert Celoza, Mark Klym and Annalisa Eustace will lead a lively discussion about relationships in the time of Francis of Assisi and especially between Muslims and Christians.
Tuesday, February 20th
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Phoenix College - Hacienda Conference Room (F121)