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The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (Saqi Essentials) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Amin Maalouf
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29. April 1989 Saqi Essentials
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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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Schocken; Auflage: Reissue (29. April 1989)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0805208984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805208986
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,4 x 13,2 x 1,7 cm
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'A useful and important analysis adding much to existing western histories ... worth recommending to George Bush.' London Review of Books 'Well-researched and highly readable.' The Guardian 'A wide readership should enjoy this vivid narrative of stirring events.' The Bookseller 'An inspiring story ... Very readable ... Well translated ... Warmly recommended.' The Times Literary Supplement 'Very well done indeed ... Should be put in the hands of anyone who asks what lies behind the Middle East's present conflicts.' Middle East International -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


Retraces two critical centuries of Middle Eastern history, presents an intriguing chronicle of the Crusades, and offers insights into the forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today.

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What can one say about a book that has the chief fault of leaving one wanting more? The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (hereafter, "Arab Eyes") is a beautifully composed book that draws almost exclusively from Arabic primary sources to tell the tale of the Western conquest, 1100-1300 AD. Unfortunately, whenever Maalouf isn't talking about military or political intrigue, he seems to loose interest. The book raises many fascinating topics -- the influence of Arab society on the Holy Roman Empire, the rise of a slave class to become the masters of all Islam -- without going into detail on any of them.
The first encounter between Muslim and Crusader is told from the perspective of Kilij Arslan, a seventeen-year-old sultan who would go on to become a legendary name in the struggle of the Islamic people. The "Franj", as the invaders were called, were pouring into his country by the tens of thousands. A skilled military leader, Arslan carefully withdrew his forces into a defensive position, only to be startled by his first glimpse of this "army": ragged, untrained peasants with strips of cloth pinned to their tunics in the shape of the cross. Reluctantly forced into battle, Arslan easily smashed the Crusader legion into bits, considering the matter settled. He had no way of knowing that what he had seen was only the rumor of war, not the war itself.
What may be most surprising to Western readers, such as myself, was that the majority of the Islamic struggle during the Crusader period, 1100-1300 AD, was not against Europeans, but against other Muslim leaders. The "empire" of Islam was sharply divided, and the question of rule was always at issue.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Can't read about the crusades without this book 1. Dezember 1997
This book, while a novel, gives invaluable insights into what really might have happened during the Crusades. Malouf presents us with the fact that the Crusades were more about money than they were about God. In what is sometimes a gruesome account, he reveals that the crusaders killed not only Muslims but Jews and Christians of the Oriental denominations. Equally interesting is his unwillingness to let Muslims off the hook. He depicts them as fighting amongst themselves, unable to unite and facing the twilight of their great civilization just as the western star began to rise. In sum, for those who think that the Crusades were about a civilized Christian army beating back a barbarian horde, reading this book will offer you the notion that it was a civilized Muslim world sinking into decay whose contact with the Franks unified them to fight against an unprovoked attempt to colonize in the name of God but in reality for gold.
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First of all it shows that the splits among the Arabs go back centuries. Moreover, being shown the other side of the coin in respect of the crusades is a real eye-opener. When reading this book, the heroic pedestal on which the crusaders were lifted disappears like hot air. Intrigues for power, slaughtering, killing, raping - all this in the name of Christ, what a religion is Christianism? is there a difference to today's excesses by other religions which are so much lambasted by the western medias?? To be recommended for reading by all those condemning for example islamist extremists, it might make them talk a bit less loud.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen History at its best! 11. März 2000
I love it when I find hidden jewels like this. Amin Malouf ranks high up on my list of favourites. Its hard to find a history book that is a page turner at the same time but remains focused on the subject throughout. Although its been a while since I read this book, I still remember the excellently detailed descriptions of the battles and sieges and some of the sickening atrocities committed by both sides (Muslims and Christians) against the innocent. There's so much more that can't be said here. Read it and you'll become a fan.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Must 31. August 1999
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't stop. It is extremely well written and researched. It proves that the human greed and lust of power is the origin of the crusade and all the fighting that went along in that era on both sides. Also it shows that the muslim world back then was basically divided into little kingdoms which were ruled by lusty Emirs and Sultans and such, and not united as some Islamic history books claim. Religion was a tool during that period of history. Good work by Amin.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent. 14. Oktober 1998
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This book is more historical fact and deeper than his other books but just as readable. This book shows that the reason the crusades lasted so long was not so much the foreign invaders as the various Arab and Turkic kingdoms in constant jealous battle with each other.
It presents the other side of the crusades as opposed to the one we always read about, yet I found it quite objective.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining, insightful but... 21. September 2006
certainly not neutral or without bias. Some clever guy once said, that so far in human history nobody has ever written a truly unbiased book. And that if ever there was such a book, it would be too boring to read.
But nevertheless: the bias in this book goes too far and ignores much of the research that has been conducted in the last decades. The crusaders are without exception being depicted as murdering savages without any real religious belief. No allowance is made for the fact that the state of war and conquest in the societies of those times was the rule rather than the exception.
the Arabs on the other hand are depicted as a noble lot, peaceful and mere victims. That wars between petty warlords, who were every bit as cruel as the worst crusaders, were raging in that area of the world is only mentioned on the side.
I am sure that the truth was somewhat more complicated than that and that horrible atrocities were committed on both sides.

A book that contains interesting details. but as a whole fails to deliver a credible or comprehensive picture of the crusades.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An indispensable book for understanding our world today
Amin Maalouf's book is an indispensable asset for anyone wanting to understand the problems we are having in thre Middle East. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Oktober 2011 von matilda special, Belgium
4.0 von 5 Sternen Maalouf rescata las crónicas
Con esta obra Maalouf rescata un género olvidado hoy en día, las crónicas. El autor franco-palestino nos narra la historia de las cruzadas desde el Islam,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. September 2000 von alf
3.0 von 5 Sternen Biased for sure
Well, you know what you're getting from the title, and Arab atricities are basically overlooked. One reason for the Crusades was the Arab treatment of Pilgrims, by demanding taxes,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting narriative...
I picked this book out due to a general lack of in-depth books on the crusades from the muslem/arabian perspective. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Februar 2000 von Joshua Weiner
5.0 von 5 Sternen like all other his works SUPERB
he is the author tells you all about REAL HISTORY. Guaranteed that you will never get bored.
You can read whole book in a night nailed on your bed. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. November 1999 von Mesut
5.0 von 5 Sternen A very enjoyable read
The title says it all and the book was such a delight. This was one of those few historical books that I just could not put down. Lesen Sie weiter...
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