The Crusades through Arab Eyes

The Crusades through Arab Eyes

Paperback Saqi Essentials Language: English / French

By (author) Amin Maalouf, Translated by Jon Rothschild

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  • Publisher: Schocken Books
  • Format: Paperback | 293 pages
  • Language: English / French
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 18mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 29 April 1989
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0805208984
  • ISBN 13: 9780805208986
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 75,296

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The author has combed the works of contemporary Arab chronicles of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants. He retells their story and offers insights into the historical forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today.

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European and Arab versions of the Crusaders have little common. What the West remembers as an epic effort to reconquer the Holy Land is portrayed here as a brutal, destructive, unprovoked invasion by barbarian hordes. When, under Saladian, a powerful Muslin army-inspired by prophets and poets-defeated the Crusaders, it was greatest victory ever won by a non-European society against the West.

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The author has combed the works of contemporary Arab chronicles of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants. He retells their story and offers insights into the historical forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today.