An Arab-Syrian Gentleman and Warrior in the Period of the Crusades

An Arab-Syrian Gentleman and Warrior in the Period of the Crusades : Memoirs of Usamah Ibn-Munqidh

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The life of Us mah ibn-Munqidh epitomized the height of Arab civilization as it flourished in the period of the early Crusades. His memoirs present an uncommon non-European perspective and understanding of the military and cultural contact between East and West, Muslim and Christian. His writing is remarkable for its narrative clarity, its humanity, and its wealth of perceptive details.

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  • Hardback | 265 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 20mm | 557.92g
  • Columbia University Press
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • 0231121245
  • 9780231121248
  • 1,672,198

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"Usamah's vivid accounts coupled with Hitti's masterful translation makes "An Arab-Syrian Gentleman" a read of pure pleasure and delight, deserving of the many reprints past, and many more to come." -- Dana Sajdi, "Arab Studies Journal"

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About Usamah Ibn Munqidh

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.

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