The Holy Sail

Translator: Karim Traboulsi Publisher: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing Date of Publication: 2015 Language: English Number of Copies: 1 Author: Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud

Oblivious to the invasions, massacres, and religious fanaticism that characterize the fifteenth century, a young girl falls in love with a noble Arabian tribal leader. But all eyes are on the Portuguese fleets in the Arabian Gulf, intent on securing the profitable spice trade.

Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud weaves a tapestry of momentous historical events with stories of love, honor, and nobility, while guiding us around the medieval world of Lisbon, Cairo, Jeddah, and Istanbul.

The Holy Sail brings to life a neglected episode of history that impacted not only the region but the world for centuries to come.

Editorial Reviews


“A fine talent in the world of novel writing.” ―Al Qods Al Arabi on THE CORSAIR

“Engaging and entertaining.” ―Al Dostoor on THE CORSAIR

“Abdul Aziz Al Mahmoud’s Al Qursan reminded me of Yousef Zedan’s Azazeel, which won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2009 . . . I believe that Al Qursan should be awarded the same prize.” ―Al Arab on THE CORSAIR