THE CRUSADES THROUGH ARAB EYES by Amin Maalouf Tr by Jon Rothschild pub 1st 1984 302pages PB European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. What the West remembers as an epic effort to reconquer the Holy Land is portrayed here as a brutal, destructive, unprovoked invasion by barabarian hordes. When, under Saladin, a powerful Muslim army - inspired by Prophets and poets - defeated the Crusaders, it was the greatest victory ever won by a non-European society against the West. The Arab version of the Crusades is a heroic story of how the Muslims overcame their rivalries and united long enough to win a holy war. Amin Maalouf has combed the works of Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, many of them eyewitnesses and participants in the events they describe. Intriguing and entertaining, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes us a vivd portrait of a society nearly destroyed by internal conflict and shaken by a traumatic encounter with an alien culture. Maalouf offers fascinating insights into the historical forces that even today shape Arab and Islamic consciousness.

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