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Book of Contemplation: Islam and the Crusades
By: Ibn Munqidh, Usama (488/1095 - 584/1188)

Language: English


A Penguin classic. A translation of a key medieval Arabic text. The Crusades as seen through the eyes of Muslims

A significant contribution to the understanding of the medieval holy wars between Christians and Muslims, this volume brings together the best and most complete eyewitness account of the Crusades from the perspective of a medieval Muslim writer. Focusing on twelfth-century Arab aristocrat Usama ibn Munqidh’s Book of Contemplation but also including extracts from The Book of the Staff and Kernels of Refinement, this volume offers a strikingly human portrayal of Islamic perspectives on day-to-day existence, warfare, and the curious European invaders.
-Penguin Random House

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Product Details
By:Ibn Munqidh, Usama (488/1095 - 584/1188)
Pages: 339 pp
Publisher:Penguin Books, 2008
Dimensions:13 x 19 cm
Topic:Early Work - Arab History - Memoirs - Crusades

Book of Contemplation: Islam and the Crusades

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