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The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

By: Maalouf, AminShare

Language: English

Softcover

European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. For Arabs, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were years of strenuous efforts to repel a brutal and destructive invasion by barbarian hordes. Under Saladin, an unstoppable Muslim army inspired by prophets and poets finally succeeded in destroying the most powerful Crusader kingdoms. The memory of this greatest and most enduring victory ever won by a non-European society against the West still lives in the minds of millions of Arabs today.

English Edition of 'Les croisades vues par les Arabes'

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Product Details
By:Maalouf, Amin
Language:English
Format:Softcover
Pages: 293 pp
Publisher:Schocken Books, NY / al-Saqi Books, c.1984
Dimensions:13.5 x 20.5 cm
ISBN:0805208984
ISBN-13:9780805208986
Topic:Islamic Empire - History - Crusades

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European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. For Arabs, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were years of strenuous efforts to repel a brutal and destructive invasion by barbarian hordes. Under Saladin, an unstoppable Muslim army inspired by prophets and poets finally succeeded in destroying the most powerful Crusader kingdoms. The memory of this greatest and most enduring victory ever won by a non-European society against the West still lives in the minds of millions of Arabs today.

Amin Maalouf has sifted through the works of a score of contemporary Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants in the events. He retells their stories in their own vivacious style, giving us a vivid portrait of a society rent by internal conflicts and shaken by a traumatic encounter with an alien culture. He retraces two critical centuries of Middle Eastern history, and offers fascinating insights into some of the forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amin Maalouf was formerly director of the leading Beirut daily an-Nahar, and Editor-in-Chief of Jeune Afrique. His published works in English translation include Leo the African, Samarkand and Balthasar's Odyssey. He lives in Paris.

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes
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