Amin maalouf the crusades through arab eyes

Never miss a story from Dermot Nolan , when you sign up for Medium. In the face of Western challenge, the Muslim princes pursued their petty and murderous rivalries, frequently in alliance with Western knights. It also highlights the need for working together, as demonstrated at numerous times in the book, Christians sided with Muslims against other Muslims, Muslims and Christians against Christians, and even the Mongols got in on the action.

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The grandeur was still intact, but this brilliant civilization was riven by violent divisions and cultural apathy. Moreover it is a work that does not become bogged down in hagiographic descriptions of the warriors of the Levant.

From the first invasion in the eleventh century through till the general collapse afab 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 aab Western Christians are viewed as " barbarians ", unaware of the most elementary rules of honordignity and social ethics.

The Subversive Power of Grief. Unfortunately, his narration is rarely tainted by social and economic facts. Retrieved from " https: The history of the Crusades is one that has, with any deserving history, many sides and is also one which destroys the notion that the victors write the history. 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.

These are the areas largely impacted by the Arab spring and the rise of the Islamic State. In the face of Western challenge, the Muslim princes pursued their petty and murderous rivalries, frequently in alliance with Western knights. He concludes crusadss account with a reflective epilogue maaoluf the lasting impact of the Crusades on Arab culture and identity.

In the notes to this chapter, he describes how thdough event was the center of intellectual dishonesty in the 20th century with scholars downplaying it to such a level it no longer features in the history of the Crusades, or, justifying it as a means to prevent the starvation of a Crusader army. Works by Amin Maalouf.

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

Never miss a story from Dermot Nolanwhen you sign up for Medium. Geographically, the crusades took place in the region bordering the Mediterranean, running from modern Egypt to Southern Turkey. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As Maalouf points out these noble, pious knights were not just the simplistic warrior monks of typified by such as the Hospitallers and the Templars, rather they were a rag-tag collection of sorts each driven by his and most of the time, they were men own desires be they of the pious religious or the crusares political sort.

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Amin Maalouf was formerly director of the leading Beirut daily an-Naharand the editor of Jeune Afrique. MER - America First 2.

Moreover, it is stated by the author that one of his goals is to make the book accessible to those without any maalluf of knowledge of the Muslim world. Muslim princes were not averse to shedding blood unnecessarily, but there was no prince in the ranks of the Crusaders with the generosity and human decency of Saladin, not even the legendary Richard the Lionheart.

Running to just under pages this work is concise and accessible. This detailed a perceived level of monolithism that is sadly characteristic of a lack of understanding.

Should be put in the hands of anyone who asks what lies behind the Middle East's present conflicts. What Maalouf demonstrates in a roundabout way is that alliances no matter how trenchant syes their dislike of one another the parties are, is possible if there is a will and a cause that demands it.

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Al Saqi Books, Few Arabs -- Muslims and Christians -- doubted that the European invaders were representatives of a radically inferior civilization, whether in the arts, medicine, morals or justice.

He lives in Paris.

Views Read Edit View history. Perhaps, someday, the cause of peace in the region will make people realise in Moshe Dayans words, that: Violence and the Need to Belong.

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It is a story steeped in all of the trappings of a good thriller: But the success of the Crusaders was due also to their fanatical Christian zeal and their unrelenting ruthlessness in their encounter with the Muslims.

MER - Transnational Palestine. Their judgement was historically true, despite the fact that by the time of the first crusade Araab civilization had begun its decline. It also highlights the eyse for working maaloif, as demonstrated at numerous times in the book, Christians sided with Muslims against other Muslims, Muslims and Christians against Christians, and even the Mongols got in on the action.

It also covers a diverse cast ranging from the Counts of France to the Mongols, and like all good stories it is told with clarity.

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