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The Crusades from a Western viewpoint have produced a very rich and abundant bibliography for more than a century. On the other hand, very few studies on the Muslim response to the Crusade have appeared. For the first time the subject is tackled here globally and an attempt is made to explain, through a deep analysis of the Arabic sources, the motives and aims of the Muslims … This work - which shows very clearly the impact which the Crusades have had in Islamic territory up until our own time - is a remarkable contribution to the history of relations between east and west. -- Anne-Marie Edde

A magisterial and path-breaking study in its own right … a veritable treasure trove of material heretofore unavailable to the non-Arabist … The Crusades is a masterly and welcome contribution to the historiography of the Crusades. Hillenbrand has set an enviable standard of scholarship from which teachers and students of the Crusades, the medieval Middle East, and medieval Europe will long benefit.

It is a major contribution …The book is profusely illustrated and the illustrations are on the whole well chosen.

Hillenbrand's admirable book, the first comprehensive attempt to pull together the relevant Muslim texts on these wars, lets the sources speak for themselves, and provides intriguing insights into the deeply rooted problems which face us today … she has done a masterful job, providing us with a whole new way to examine the traditional western material on the Crusades.

This is ground-breaking work, and its value lies not only in the detailed reportage, but also in the way Carole Hillenbrand gives western historians a guide to source material, either unknown to them or available only in partial translation, and introduces her readers to the mindset of medieval Muslims, providing an entirely different angle from which to look at the crusading movement. By putting modern ideas into context the book will enable readers in both the western and Islamic worlds to understand better events which to some extent are shaping the present. -- Jonathan Riley-Smith

About the Author

Carole Hillenbrand is honorary profesorial fellow, professor emerita, University of Edinburgh. In 2005 she became the first non-Muslim scholar to be awarded the prestigious King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Studies, reflecting her "revolutionary approach to the largely one-sided subject of the Crusades." She is author of The Waning of the Umayyad Caliphate; A Muslim Principality in Crusader Times; editor of The Sultan's Turret; and, with C. E. Bosworth, coeditor of Qajar Iran.

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  • Item Weight : 3.77 pounds
  • Paperback : 704 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0748606300
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0748606306
  • Dimensions : 9.7 x 1.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press; 1st edition (July 28, 1999)
  • Language: : English
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