This book is the third novel of Ali's Islam quartet, and is the fictional history of the Pasha family, which mirrors the turbulence and growing degeneration of the Empire. Like its predecessors, its power lies in its lyrical story-telling and the challenges it poses to Islamic stereotypes.
Tariq Ali is a writer and film-maker. He has written over a dozen books on world history and politics, five novels, and scripts for both stage and screen. The first novel of the Islam Quintet, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, was awarded the Archbishop San Clemente del Instituto Rosalia deCastro Prize for Best Foreign Language Fiction published in Spain in 1994 and, like The Book of Saladin, has been translated into several languages.