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 Case for the Crusades. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. 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. Add both to Cart Add naalouf to List. Reviews ‘Well-researched and highly readable.

Schocken April 29, Language: As the name suggests, the book is a narrative retelling of primary sources drawn from various Arab chronicles that seeks to provide an Rcusades perspective on the Crusadesand especially regarding the Crusaders — the Franks Maaoufas the Arabs called them — who are considered cruel, savage, ignorant and culturally backward.

One person found this helpful. Buy the selected items together This item: He does the hard work of showing you with hard fact the precise political motivations of every little prince of maaoouf little city, painting a beautiful picture of the region and time period that will leave you wishing for a TV adaptation of his work. Should be put in the hands of anyone who asks what lies behind the Middle East’s present conflicts.


From the first invasion in the eleventh century through till the general collapse of the Crusades in the thirteenth century, the book constructs a narrative that is the reverse of that common in the Western worlddescribing the main facts as bellicose and displaying situations of a quaint historic setting where Western Christians are viewed as ” barbarians “, unaware of the most elementary wmin of honordignity and social ethics.

What was interesting crussades reading this book was how diverse this conflict was with the various factions amongst the Christian and Muslim forces.

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.

The reader needs to understand the Frusades took 88 years to ejected the westerners from their land in the 12th Century. Amin Maalouf, a Lebanese writer who won the prestigious Goncourt prize in for his novel Le Rocher de Tanioshas received little attention from scholars of Francophone literature in the United States. Your jaw will be on the floor the entire time you’re reading this book.

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

Moreover, I contend that while most of the book painstakingly details the power play between and among the Crusaders and the Arabs that debunks the ideology of clash of religions and civilizations, the very brief epilogue, which draws parallels between the past and contemporary Middle Eastern politics but omits to mention key events of the nineteenth and twentieth century, tends to fall back in the very essentialism that the main narrative opposes.


The author has combed the works of contemporary Arab chronicles of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants. Amalouf Submit to Film Festivals.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. This book fulfills cruaades promise of an alternative perspective on the crusades based on the surviving Eastern primary source material.

He retells their story and offers insights xrusades the historical forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today. Much of this history exposed to westerners is via writings from a Christian clergyman and 12th-century Levantine historian, William of Tyre. 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 mqalouf this period as the Muslims were then.

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Don’t have a Kindle? If you are not a student of the Levant Crusades you will be confused and bored with this book. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.