The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

Maalouf, Amin

Published by Al Saqi Books, 1984
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London. 1984. Al Saqi Books. 1st British Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the Arabic by Jon Rothschild. 293 pages. hardcover. 0863561136. keywords: Arabic History Crusades. inventory # 23732. FROM THE PUBLISHER - European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. For the Arabs, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were not a time of awakening from medieval slumber, but years of strenuous efforts to repel a brutal and destructive invasion by barbarian hordes. When, under Saladin, a powerful Muslim army - inspired by prophets and poets - succeeded in destroying Crusader kingdoms, it was the greatest and most enduring victory ever won by a non-European society against the West. The memory of it still lives in the minds of Arabs today. Amin Maalouf has combed the works of contemporary Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants in the events. In this intriguing and entertaining book, he retells their story, giving us a vivid portrait of a society rent by internal conflict and shaken by a traumatic encounter with an alien culture. He retraces two critical centuries of Middle Eastern history and offers fascinating insights into the forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today. Maalouf concludes with an epilogue raising a provocative question: Why was it that soon after this great victory, the Arab world sank into decline, while the epicenter of world history shifted to Western Europe? His answer suggests that the West had the advantage of a principle of social cohesion lacking in the Arab world, and that relations between the two civilizations are stamped, even now, by the effects of a titanic struggle that ended seven centuries ago. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 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.

Product Description: 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)

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Title: The Crusades Through Arab Eyes
Publisher: Al Saqi Books
Publication Date: 1984
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.

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