The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives

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ISBN-13: 978-0415929141
ISBN-10: 0415929148
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a valuable work of serious scholarly synthesis... Heavily annotated and lavishly illustrated, The Crusades is a most welcome book... The Crusades is a major contributor to the goal of a more holistic overview of the crusades. More than a textbook, it certainly can be used as one. Historians and teachers of the medieval eastern Mediterranean now have an extremely useful resource at their fingertips; it unfolds the complexity of the Muslim opposition to the Crusades, and presents a careful introduction to many aspects of Muslim history... Hillenbrand's book takes major strides toward unpacking and revealing what contemporary eyes may have seen. -- MESA Bulletin
[T]he author aims at providing an 'outline for future research' as well as engaging students and the general public Themes covered extend beyond mere chronology to topics in theology, warfare, art and literature, popular and material culture. -- Middle East Journal
A remarkable contribution to the history of relations between east and west. -- Anne-Marie Eddé
Ground-breaking work. -- Jonathan Riley-Smith
A landmark. -- London Review of Books
Hillenbrand's The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives offers specialist and nonspecialist readers a wonderful starting point for all future studies of Muslim and Arab responses to the Crusades. Hillenbrand has succeeded very well in writing a rather comprehensive compilation of primary and secondary sources without sacrificing academic rigor or remaining too general. -- Albert Hernández, Iliff School of Theology,Journal of the American Academy of Religion

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Carole Hillenbrand is Reader in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (August 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415929148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415929141
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent review of the most up-to-date knowledge we have about contemporary Islamic persepctives on the "Wars of the Cross." The author carefully sets our her purpose in writing this work, which includes both Muslim sources for the major figures and events, as well as Muslim perceptions of the Crusaders and how the Crusades have influenced Middle Eastern history. Anyone wishing to learn fully about this time period must read this work.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan B. Couser on May 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Hillenbrand did a fantastic job writing this book. It is easily the most detailed, nuanced, and evenhanded treatment about the Crusades from the Islamic perspective available. The only drawback is that it is extensively illustrated, with images on nearly every page, and few of the images have any direct relationship to the text. Hillenbrand herself states that most of the illustrations were included simply to give readers a feel for the visual character of medieval Islam. This is a sensible goal, but surely could have been achieved with less. I suspect that it is because of the printing costs of so many unnecessary pictures that the cover price for the paperback is over $70 and the hardcover a whopping $250. The publishers should seriously consider issuing a second edition with 90% of the illustrations removed and a cover price around $25-35 for the paperback. Then this book could receive the wide readership it deserves.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tess on June 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have only skimmed the surface of this book, yet am very impressed. The bibliography alone is a treasure for anyone studying the Crusades. It's arranged so that the translated chronicles are used to illustrate points in the narrative. The index is detailed and useful, while the narrative itself is easy to read and divided into subsections within the chapters (for example: Old Frankish Women, Marriage, Medicine etc.) A welcome addition to Crusades scholarship, especially for students/readers who cannot read the originals.
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