The Crusades Through Arab Eyes. Amin Maalouf. European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. For Arabs, the twelfth and thirteenth. Amin Maalouf. The Crusades Through Arab Eyes. Metaksya Grigoryan. Uploaded by. Metaksya Grigoryan. Loading Preview. Sorry, preview is currently. The author has combed the works of contemporary Arab chronicles of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants. He retells their story.

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

For Arabs, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were years of strenuous efforts to repel a brutal and crsuades invasion by barbarian hordes.

Moreover, I contend that while most of the book painstakingly details the power play between and among the Crusaders and the Cruszdes that debunks the ideology of throough 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.

He lives in Paris. Views Read Edit View history. From the first invasion in the eleventh century through till the general collapse of the Crusades in the thirteenth century, the book constructs a ghrough 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 rules of honordignity and social ethics.


Under Saladin, an unstoppable Muslim army inspired by prophets and poets finally succeeded in destroying the most powerful Crusader kingdoms.

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Violence and the Need to Belong. He retells their stories in their own vivacious style, giving us a vivid portrait of a society rent by internal conflicts and shaken by a traumatic encounter with an alien culture. Should be put in the hands of anyone who asks what lies behind the Middle East’s present amih. Reviews ‘Well-researched and highly readable. The memory of this greatest and most enduring victory ever won by a non-European society against the West still lives in the minds of millions of Arabs today.

Next Post Next Post. By using this site, you agree eues the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Sign up to get a Weekly Email from Medievalists. Amin Maalouf has sifted through the works of a score of contemporary Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants in the events.

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Retrieved from ” https: This about a non-fiction book on Throughh Eastern history article is a stub. European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. Amin Maalouf was formerly director of the leading Beirut daily an-Naharand the editor of Jeune Afrique. Previous Post Previous Post.


The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

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. Smartphone and Tablet users click here to sign up for our weekly email.

I argue that while Maalouf brilliantly deconstructs the Western image of the Crusades as a heroic time by documenting the barbarity of the Crusaders without falling into the pitfall of simply inverting the terms of the dichotomy, the agenda driving his rewriting of this historical period leads him to partially repeat what his book is supposed to undo, witness the erasure of women in a book whose goal is to unearth a neglected perspective.

He retraces two critical centuries of Middle Eastern history, and offers fascinating insights into some of the forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today. March UK Price: As a Christian Arab exiled in France sinceMaalouf occupies a pivot point between his country of exile and his region of origin.

Works by Amin Maalouf. In this paper, I explore three questions: