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The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

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Written by Amin MaaloufAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Amin Maalouf

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
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  • Publisher: Schocken
  • On Sale: April 29, 1989
  • Price: $17.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-8052-0898-6 (0-8052-0898-4)
about this book

Translated by Jon Rothschild.  Maalouf has combed the works of contemporary Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants, to give us "a readable and entertaining mirror image of events that are as familiar in the West as fairy tales" (The New Yorker). The book is a vivid portrait of a society nearly destroyed by internal conflict and shake by a traumatic encounter with an alien culture, offering insights into the historical forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today.

Contents

Prologue

Part One: Invasion (1096-1100)
1. The Franj Arrive
2. An Accursed Maker of Armour
3. The Cannibals of Ma'arra

Part Two: Occupation (1100-1128)
4. Tripoli's Two Thousand Days
5. Turban-Clad Resistance

Part Three: Riposte (1128-1146)
6. The Damascus Conspiracies
7. An Emir Among Barbarians

Part Four: Victory (1146-1187)
8. Nur al-Din, the Saint-King
9. The Rush for the Nile
10. The Tears of Saladin

Part Five: Reprieve (1187-1244)
11. The Impossible Encounter
12. The Perfect and the Just

Part Six: Expulsion (1244-1291)
13. The Mongol Scourge
14. God Grant That They Never Set Foot There Again!

Epilogue
Chronology
Glossary