The Book Of Contemplation: Islam And The Crusades by Usama Ibn Munqidh

The Book Of Contemplation: Islam And The Crusades

byUsama Ibn MunqidhTranslated byPaul M. CobbIntroduction byPaul M. Cobb

Paperback | September 30, 2008

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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.

About The Author

Usama ibn Munqidh (1095-1188) was born in northern Syria. In the last decades of his life he concentrated on writing, collecting his scattered poems into a much-praised Diwan, but specialising in topical anthologies of poetry and prose like The Book of the Staff or Kernels of Refinement. Usama's last patron was the mighty sultan Saladi...

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Title:The Book Of Contemplation: Islam And The CrusadesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.9 inPublished:September 30, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140455132

ISBN - 13:9780140455137

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