The Book of Contemplation

The Book of Contemplation

Islam and the Crusades

Introduction by: Paul M. Cobb
Translator: 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 I slamic perspectives on day-to-day existence, warfare, and the curious European invaders.
The Book of Contemplation

The Book of Contemplation

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

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