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ISBN-10: 0140455132
ISBN-13: 9780140455137
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 10/01/2008
Dimensions: 7.76" L, 5.14" W, 0.98" H

The Book of Contemplation: Islam and the Crusades

Translator: Paul M Cobb
Introduction by: Paul M Cobb
Notes by: Paul M Cobb

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This book contains the autobiographical works of Usama ibn Munqidh, a twelfth-century Arab aristocrat. Full of detail, wit and melancholy, Usama’s narrative anecdotes illustrate the inscrutability of God’s will in life, as well as providing a memorable record of Islam’s long encounter with the Crusaders, known to Usama only as the Franks. This edition focuses on The Book of Contemplation, but also uses extracts from The Book of the Staff and Kernels of Refinement to produce a complete and human portrayal of Islamic perspectives on day-to-day existence, warfare, and the curious European invaders.”–P. [4] of cover.

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.

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Details

ISBN-10: 0140455132
ISBN-13: 9780140455137
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 10/01/2008
Dimensions: 7.76" L, 5.14" W, 0.98" H
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