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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Maalouf doesn’t fall into a single racist trope about fanatical Muslims or anachronistic ideas of ethno-religious identity, ever the easy escape of the lazy Middle East expert. I feel that this book is a must because it shows a different side to the conflict that people tend to not consider while examining the crusades. I wish I had written this book. He retells their story and offers insights into the historical forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today.

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The Rewriting of History in Amin Maalouf’s The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

Much of this history exposed to westerners is via writings from a Christian clergyman and 12th-century Levantine historian, William of Tyre. 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 mwalouf elementary rules of honordignity and social ethics.


Here one gets to view the actors maxlouf William of Tyre kaalouf the Arab chroniclers of Ibn al-Qalanisi and Ibn al-Athir to obtain their emotions to various events that occur. The Case for the Crusades.

Don’t have a Kindle? Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. They are looking for the new Salah al-Din Yusuf to come along in the next seventeen years to eject the Zionists. 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 maalouf 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.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Violence xmin the Need crusares Belong. As the name suggests, the book is a narrative retelling of primary sources drawn from various Arab chronicles that seeks to provide an Arab perspective on the Crusadesand especially regarding the Crusaders — the Franks Franjas the Arabs called them — who are considered cruel, savage, ignorant and culturally backward.

He retells their stories in their own vivacious style, giving us a vivid portrait of a society rent by internal conflicts and shaken maaalouf a traumatic encounter with an alien culture.

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

Maalouf provides insight from the Arab chroniclers of the time to describe the mood and thoughts of rulers and peoples of the Levant during this time. Samarkand Interlink World Fiction. 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. The author has combed the works of contemporary Arab chronicles of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants.

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I have many books over the years regarding this subject and this is one of my favorites due to Amin Maalouf’s outstanding organization and approach six part chronology book to this important time period. Works by Amin Maalouf.

My only comment would be need of maps to illustrate areas of influence of Maaalouf and Muslims during the periods discussed.