Arab Historians of the Crusades

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Francesco Gabrieli
University of California Press, 1969 - 362 páginas
"The recapture of Jerusalem, the siege of Acre, the fall of Tripoli, the effect in Baghdad of events in Syria; these and other happenings were faithfully recorded by Arab historians during the two centuries of the Crusades. For the first time contemporary accounts of the fighting between Muslim and Christian have been translated into English, and the Western reader can learn ʻthe other side' of the Holy War. Seventeen authors are represented in the extracts in this work, which have been drawn from various types of historical writings. The excerpts are taken firstly from the general histories of the Muslim world, then from chronicles of cities, regions and their dynasties, and finally from biographies or records of the deeds of certain persons. The Arab histories of the Crusades compare favourably with their Christian counterparts in their rich accumulation of material and chronological information. Another of their merits is their faithful characterization, which they practised in the brief but illuminating sketches of enemy leaders: Baldwin II's shrewdness, Richard Coeur de Lion's prowess in war, the indomitable energy of Conrad of Montferrat, Frederick II's diplomacy. The chroniclers are generous, naturally, with their praises of the great champions of the Muslim resistance, especially of Saladin, who towers above all the other leaders in heroic stature. Altogether, this book gives a sweeping and stimulating view of the Crusades seen through Arab eyes."--Dust jacket.
 

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Procura do Utilizador  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A selection of the Arab point of view, and these are hard to find for the ordinary reader. I think the 4 sections cover the whole existence of the kingdom of Outremere, and only wish for more. Ler crítica na íntegra

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Very interesting as giving the "other side of the story" --though personally I do not find it more sympathetic than the Christian side Ler crítica na íntegra

Índice

I
3
The Franks take Maarrat anNumān
10
The Franks take Jubáil and Acre
17
Franks
24
The defeat and death of Roger of Antioch at Balāt
36
Zangi man of destiny for Islām
44
Zangis death and a eulogy of
53
Nur adDins victories and his triumph at Damascus
64
Saladins summons to the Holy War
214
Letters arrive from the city
220
The assassination of Conrad of Montferrat
225
Saladins illness and death
246
PART THREE
253
The Muslims reconquer Damietta from the Franks
259
The arrival at Acre of the Emperor Frederick King
267
Muslim grief in Damascus Frederick in Jerusalem
273

The Frankish cavalry
73
Christian piety and Muslim piety
83
Examples of his generosity
96
His endurance and determination to win merit in Gods
102
His unfailing goodness
109
SALADIN AND THE THIRD CRUSADE
119
Jerusalem reconquered
139
Conrad of Montferrat at Tyre Saladins fruitless siege
176
The Franks march on Acre and besiege it
182
Saladin withdraws from the Franks who are able
190
The siegetowers are burnt down
198
Conrad of Montferrat and the Third Crusade
208
Two Arabic letters written by Frederick
280
PART FOUR
305
Negotiations with Hugh III King of Cyprus
312
An unsuccessful attack on Cyprus
319
The treaty with Acre
326
Formula of the Frankish oath
332
The fall of Maraqiyya
338
The fall of Acre
344
Index
351
Saladins character
359
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