The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

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by Amin Maalouf
     
 

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European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. For the Arabs, the 12th and 13th centuries were not a time for glorious conquest, rather they were years of sacrifice and privation spent in repelling a brutal and destructive invasion by hordes of Western barbarians.

When, under Saladin, a powerful Muslim army -- inspired by prophets and poets --

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European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. For the Arabs, the 12th and 13th centuries were not a time for glorious conquest, rather they were years of sacrifice and privation spent in repelling a brutal and destructive invasion by hordes of Western barbarians.

When, under Saladin, a powerful Muslim army -- inspired by prophets and poets -- succeeded in destroying Crusader kingdoms, it was the greatest victory ever won by a non-European society against the West. The memory of it still lives in the minds of Arabs today.

"Maalouf's story of the Crusades vividly portrays a society rent by internal conflict and devasted by alien warriors. Those two traumatic centuries of Middle Eastern history shaped Arab and Islamic attitudes toward the West, and in many ways still do." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This welcome addition to the numerous volumes on the Crusades is a well-written and absorbing history by a Lebanese journalist for the general reader. It makes extensive use of contemporary Arab sources to examine the Crusade era from the Arab viewpoint. The Arabs found the Franks duplicitous, brutal, and unrefined. However, in contrast to the Franks, few Arabs learned their adversary's language or showed interest in their culture, an observation Bernard Lewis treats more fully in his Muslim Discovery of Europe ( LJ 9/1/82). Maalouf interprets the Crusades as a turning point in Arab-Muslim history. Parochialism in the Muslim Middle East and the current division between the West and the Middle East are dated to this prolonged period of hostile contact. Recommended for public and academic libraries. J. Anthony Gardner, California State Univ. Lib., Northridge
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"The Crusades Through Arab Eyes may be warmly recommended to lay-readers and students alike."
The Times Literary Supplement (London)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805240047
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/12/1985
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
312

Meet the Author

AMIN MAALOUF was director of the weekly international edition of the leading Beirut daily an-Nahar, and was also editor-on-chief of Jeune Afrique.

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Crusades Through Arab Eyes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fairly dry run through the Crusades, but it explains some of the reasons the Arabs were so ineffective in mounting a resistance to the European invaders. I've tried to read several other books about the Crusades, and this is the only one that held my interest. I was actually kind of sad to finish it and wish there had been more. if you want to learn a little about te Crusades, this is probably a good introductory book.
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royh More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading every book written by Mr. Maalouf. His style, historical research and point of views apply to every generation. The book give a ggod idea about the life our ancesters had in Lebanon, the Arab world and Europe. The story is based on facts and realities which date from centuries ago and still apply today. If you are interested in the Crusades, in the history of Lebanon, Jerusalem, the Arab world and Europe, you will find the book a wonderful review and an emotional story to learn from. Roy Habib, MD author of "Lessons in times of war and peace"
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been interested by mediaval times and the cruisades, and always made a point of getting books giving both sides of the story, whatever the (hi)story. This book masterly expresses the 'other side' of the story, the side of the local populations as recorded by actual witnesses of the cruisades. It is as well documented as it is enjoyable, for it relates events everyone is somewhat familiar with. For history readers, it may well be the book compelling you to always learn the 'other side' of history!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was highly informative and cleared up much of the misconception of the crusaders being the 'good guys' i highly suggest you read this book if you are interested in this time period or just the middle ages
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very easy to read and understand. Very detailed in everyway possible. A must read for any crusade fan or just to read.Makes you think twice in who really was the actual enemy!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very readable book with such a unique prespective on the crusades. The book is easy to read and understand. Simply, an amazing book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly recommend it!