The Book of Contemplation

The Book of Contemplation

Islam and the Crusades

Written by: Usama ibn Munqidh
Introduction by: Paul M. Cobb
Translated by: Paul M. Cobb
Notes by: Paul M. Cobb

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140455137
  • 400 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
The Book of Contemplation

The Book of Contemplation

Written by: Usama ibn Munqidh, Introduction by: Paul M. Cobb, Translated by: Paul M. Cobb, Notes by: Paul M. Cobb