Arab Historians of the Crusades

Arab Historians of the Crusades The recapture of Jerusalem the siege of the Acre the fall of Tripoli the effect in Baghdad of events in Syria these and other happening were faithfully recorded by Arab historians during the two ce

  • Title: Arab Historians of the Crusades
  • Author: Francesco Gabrieli
  • ISBN: 9780520052246
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • The recapture of Jerusalem, the siege of the Acre, the fall of Tripoli, the effect in Baghdad of events in Syria these and other happening 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 lThe recapture of Jerusalem, the siege of the Acre, the fall of Tripoli, the effect in Baghdad of events in Syria these and other happening 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 the 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 favorably with their Christian counterparts in their rich accumulation of material and chronological information Another of their merits is their faithful characterization, which they practiced 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 Motferrat, Frederick II s diplomacy The chronicles 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 Although, this book gives a sweeping and stimulating view of the Crusades seen through Arab eyes.

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    2 thoughts on “Arab Historians of the Crusades

    1. Francesco Gabrieli Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Arab Historians of the Crusades book, this is one of the most wanted Francesco Gabrieli author readers around the world.

    2. Author Francesco Gabrieli does an extraordinary and brilliant job in presenting a concise picture of the relationship between the Arab world of the Middle East and of the Christian world of Europe during the Crusade epic. Altogether, this book gives a stimulating perspective view of the Crusades seen through the Arab eyes. The book gives you an fascinating glimpse, as to the different battles, skirmishes, slaughter, pillage, battle formations, unconventional warfare tactics, equipment, weapons u [...]

    3. Enjoyable read, though if you think the European chroniclers were wordy you're in for a whole new ballgame with the Muslim chroniclers

    4. After I read Gabrieli’s Arab Historians of the Crusades, I found different portrayals of Muslim leaders that are worth of discussion.In general, most Muslim leaders depicted in different narratives in this book are firm believers of God and just rulers. However, some were committed to the idea of Jihad whereas some were not. Zangi used “courtesy and diplomacy” first before violence and aimed to seek “peaceful agreement without bloodshed” (44). He also “reassured the inhabitants with [...]

    5. Very good selection of texts taken from the works or Arab historians. As opposed to Amin Maalouf, Gabrieli knows how to judge the material, and consequently gives a much more reliable view.

    6. How did the Arabs living in the Middle East at the time view the Crusades? Why not ask the contemporary historians, many of them actual witnesses or participant in many of the events. These accounts provide some detail of what life was like at the time, which often gets left out of professional histories. In this review I will simply quote a few stories that caught my eye, and offer a few commentsE FRANKS CONQUER JERUSALEM (IBN AL-ATHĪR) In this brief account of the fall of Jerusalem in the Fir [...]

    7. Couldn't finish this book. It took too much effort. Most annoying were translations of the works of one or two chroniclers. These used flowery language to an extent that could only be realized in the Arabic language. I can imagine how enjoyable reading these accounts would be in Arabic to someone able to do so. The translation however strips them of any poetic attributes imbued in them by their author. What we're left with are poorly written paragraphs that contain a sentence worth reading, if a [...]

    8. As the Arab/Saracen/Turk Muslim conglomerate that faced the various and sundry Crusaders out of Europe really never viewed them as a procession of related events, but more as individual wars, putting together a cohesive and cogent history of the non-Euro side of the Crusades is difficult, but Gabrieli does a fair job, giving a new flavor to how we see that era. His stories about the Arab thoughts on European will not fail to entertain- I remember one running something alone the lines of Frankish [...]

    9. Gabrielli is the editor who does a wonderful job of drawing together over one hundred different accounts written by Arabs over the long Crusader period. He does a good job with footnotes. This is one of the best sources for the original writings of Arab historians that refer specifically to the Crusades.

    10. A history book, but not a good one, offers in depth opinions of Arab Historians, but is is very Anti-Christ.

    11. Very useful perspective on the Crusades from dozens of Arab historians. Well laid out. Although a translation from Italian it is well done and many useful insights were preserved from the Arabic.

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