About the Author
Richard W. Bulliet is professor of history at Columbia University. A former Guggenheim fellow, he has authored books on technology, The Camel and the Wheel (Columbia); and on Middle East History, Islam: The View from the Edge (Columbia). He is also the author of four novels of mystery and intrigue.
Table of Contents
1. Fighting Against the Franks
2. Usamah's First Sojourn in Damascus
3. Usamah in Egypt
4. Usamah's Second Sojourn in Damascus
5. Battles Against Franks and Moslems
6. Adventures with Lions and Other Wild Animals
7. Other War Experiences
8. An Appreciation of the Frankish Character
9. Sundry Experiences and Observations
1. Stories of Holy Men
2. Noteworthy Cures
1. Hunting in Syria, Mesopotamia, and Egypt
2. Usamah's Father as a Hunter
What People are Saying About This
Usâmah's memoirs remain one of the most valuable insights we have into social conditions prevailing in Palestine during the Crusader era from the perspective of an educated Muslim Arab.
The importance of this work cannot be underestimated. Usâmah provides a rare first-hand account of European (or Frankish) manners, morals, politics, and medicine written by a non-European.... Personal memoirs written by pre-modern Muslims are quite rare, and Usâmah provides vivid accounts of areas of social and cultural life that other writers of the period ignored.