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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Product details

  • Hardback | 265 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 20mm | 557.92g
  • Columbia University Press
  • New York, United States
  • English, Arabic
  • 0231121245
  • 9780231121248
  • 1,750,273

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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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Table of contents

Section I1. Fighting Against the Franks2. Usamah's First Sojourn in Damascus3. Usamah in Egypt4. Usamah's Second Sojourn in Damascus5. Battles Against Franks and Moslems6. Adventures with Lions and Other Wild Animals7. Other War Experiences8. An Appreciation of the Frankish Character9. Sundry Experiences and ObservationsSection II1. Stories of Holy Men2. Noteworthy CuresSection III1. Hunting in Syria, Mesopotamia, and Egypt2. Usamah's Father as a HunterIndex

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