The author has combed the works of contemporary Arab chronicles of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants. He retells their story. Amin Maalouf. The Crusades Through Arab Eyes. Metaksya Grigoryan. Uploaded by. Metaksya Grigoryan. Loading Preview. Sorry, preview is currently. The Rewriting of History in Amin Maalouf ‘s The. Crusades Through Arab Eyes. Carine Bourget. University of Arizona-Tucson. Follow this and.
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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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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Your jaw will be on the floor the entire time you’re reading this book. It disposes of the dry expository style of most works of medieval history and instead takes on the narrative style of a novel. The unexpected twists of fate, spycraft, betrayals, assassinations, battlefield ingenuity, and unlikely alliances that make up the various kingdoms and city-states of the Middle East are laid out in a way where you’ll genuinely get invested in these “characters” of history.
You’ll find yourself holding out hope that this time they’ll stop the mysterious Frankish hordes, or rooting for Damascus over Aleppo or Acre over Jerusalem, only to suddenly have that hope smashed against the wall by marauding Turkish prince or a hashish-smoking Assassin from Iran.
He maintains his credibility as a historian yet shows incredible prowess as a storywriter, seamlessly citing inline while encouraging the reader to be skeptical where appropriate. Writers like Ibn al-Athir become characters in and of themselves, contextualized into their own time periods and priorities as writers. Eurocentricity never once makes an appearance, keeping true to the title of the book by keeping you as informed or in-the-dark about the Europe of this period as the Muslims were then.
Maalouf doesn’t fall into a single racist trope about fanatical Muslims or anachronistic ideas of ethno-religious identity, ever the easy escape of the lazy Middle East expert. He does the hard work of showing you with hard fact the precise political motivations of every little prince of every little city, painting a beautiful picture of the region and time period that will leave you wishing for a TV adaptation of his work.
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I have many books over the years regarding this subject and this is one of my favorites due to Amin Maalouf’s outstanding organization and approach six part chronology book to this important time period.
If you are not a student of the Levant Crusades you will be confused cruwades bored with this book.
Maalouf provides insight from the Arab chroniclers of the time to describe the mood and thoughts of rulers and peoples of the Levant during this time. Much of this history maqlouf to westerners is via writings from a Christian clergyman and 12th-century Levantine historian, William of Tyre.
Here one gets to view the actors portraying William of Tyre and the Arab chroniclers of Ibn al-Qalanisi and Ibn al-Athir to obtain their emotions to various events that occur. This study offers much insight into the historical forces and factions of this time that even today shape Islamic disposition and consciousness.
The reader needs to understand the Muslims took 88 years to ejected the westerners from their land in the 12th Century. They are looking for the new Salah al-Din Yusuf to come along in the next seventeen years to eject the Zionists. My only comment would be need of maps to illustrate areas of influence of Christians and Muslims during the periods discussed.
I wish I had written this book. One person found this helpful.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Amin Maalouf gets the job done in presenting how Arabs being Muslim, Christian, Jewish viewed the coming of the Crusades and what it meant to them. What was interesting while reading this book was how diverse this conflict was with the various factions amongst the Christian and Muslim forces.
I feel that this book is a must because it shows a different side to the conflict that crusadex tend to not consider while examining the crusades. I feel it is critical to understand both perspectives in conflicts because it enables more understanding amongst people in volatile regions such as the middle east.
This book fulfills its promise of an alternative perspective on the crusades based on the surviving Eastern primary source material. The author does an excellent job of composing an engaging and complete narrative from the sources while keeping in touch with the intent and biases of the underlying material.
I was recommended this book and i must say that it went beyond any expectation i had. Maalouf frusades the Arab chronists accounts of the crusades and in those accounts one can see just how biased is the history one is told, if at all, of those fanatical endeavors. I was delighted to find that Arab chronists recorded the good deeds as well as the bad ones from both sides: In this book I found something else that i treasure in a book: This book is highly recommended for the intellectually honest individual who has an open mind and understands that true history is not written by the victors.
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