“The Sultan and the Saint” Film Screening and Curriculum Planning – Dec 2017
Fall 2017 - “The Sultan and the Saint” viewing and curriculum planning at al-Rahmah School
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
In this workshop, teachers explored one of history’s most intriguing stories of interreligious peace-building, the meeting between St. Francis of Assisi, an itinerant Christian preacher, and Sultan Malik al-Kamil of the Muslim Ayyubid dynasty in Egypt. This is the story of Assisi and al-Kamil finding common ground and courageously building peace during a time of war. Set during the Crusades, The Sultan and the Saint, a new film by Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), sheds light on this period of conflict. After viewing the film, the workshop drew on historical analysis of this episode and new research in neuroscience to examine the psychology of prejudice and intergroup conflict. What lessons can we draw from this critical moment in history for the world we live in today? UPF educators shared lesson plans and discussion material for high school classrooms, and the ICJS scholars facilitated collaborative study with participants from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds who work within diverse academic settings.