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 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

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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. 'Well-researched and highly readable.' Guardian 'A useful and important analysis adding much to existing western histories … worth recommending to George Bush.' London Review of Books 'Maalouf tells an inspiring story ... very readable ... warmly recommended.' Times Literary Supplement 'A wide readership should enjoy this vivid narrative of stirring events.' The Bookseller 'Very well done indeed ... Should be put in the hands of anyone who asks what lies behind the Middle East's present conflicts.' Middle East International

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:
9780863568480
Publisher:
Saqi
Publication date:
07/15/2012
Series:
Saqi Essentials , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
197,161
File size:
841 KB

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!