This book has been released under the following alternate titles:-
Al-Shira' Al-Moqaddas (original Arabic version)


Oblivious to the invasions, massacres and religious fanaticism that characterise the 15th 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, honour 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.

The Holy Sail

Author: Abdul Aziz al Mahmoud (translated by Karim Traboulsi)

Title: The Holy Sail


First Published by: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing as Al-Shira' Al-Moqaddas (in Arabic)


Format: PB

Date: 11 November 2014

ISBN-10: 9927101678

ISBN-13: 9789927101670



  • Author: Abdul Aziz al Mahmoud
  • Title: The Holy Sail
  • First Published by: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing
  • First Published Format: PB
  • First Published Date: 3 December 2015
  • ISBN-10: 9927101678
  • ISBN-13: 9789927101670

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