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The crusades through Arab eyes

Author: Amin Maalouf; Jon Rothschild
Publisher: New York : Schocken Books, 1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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Retraces two critical centuries of Middle Eastern history, presents an intriguing chronicle of the Crusades, and offers insights into the forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Maalouf, Amin.
Crusades through Arab eyes.
New York : Schocken Books, 1985
(OCoLC)567961472
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amin Maalouf; Jon Rothschild
ISBN: 0805240047 9780805240047 0805208984 9780805208986 080520833X 9780805208337
OCLC Number: 12081005
Language Note: Text in English translated from the French.
Notes: Translation of: Les croisades vues par les Arabes.
Description: xvi, 293 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Part one. Invasion (1096-1100). The Franj arrive --
An accursed maker of armour --
The cannibals of Ma'arra --
Part two. Occupation (1100-1128). Tripoli's two thousand days --
Turban-clad resistance --
Part three. Riposte (1128-1146). The Damascus conspiracies --
An emir among barbarians --
Part four. Victory (1146-1187). Nūr al-Dīn, the saint-king --
The rush for the Nile --
The tears of Saladin --
Part five. Reprieve (1187-1244). The impossible encounter --
The perfect and the just --
Part six. Expulsion (1244-1291). The Mongol scourge --
God grant that they never set foot there again!
Other Titles: Croisades vues par les Arabes.
Responsibility: Amin Maalouf ; translated by Jon Rothschild.

Abstract:

Retraces two critical centuries of Middle Eastern history, presents an intriguing chronicle of the Crusades, and offers insights into the forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today.

"European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. What the West remembers as an epic effort to reconquer the Holy Land in portrayed here as a brutal, destructive unprovoked invasion by Barbarian hordes. When, under Saladin, a powerful Muslim army--inspired by prophets and poets-- defeated the Crusaders, it was the greatest victory ever won by a non-European society against the West. The Arab version of the Crusades is a heroic story of how the Muslims overcame their rivalries and united long enough to win a holy war. Amin Maalouf has combed the works of Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, many of them eyewitnesses and participants in the events they describe. Intriguing and entertaining, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes is a vivid portrait of a society nearly destroyed by internal conflict and shaken by traumatic encounter with an alien culture. Maalouf offers fascinating insights into the historical forces that even today shape Arab and Islamic consciousness."--Publisher's description.

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