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By Francesco Gabrieli

ISBN-10: 0415563321

ISBN-13: 9780415563321

The recapture of Jerusalem, the siege of acre, the autumn of Tripoli, the impression in Baghdad of occasions in Syria; those and different happenings have been faithfully recorded via Arab historians through the centuries of the Crusades. First released in English in 1969, this ebook offers 'the different part' of the Holy warfare, supplying the 1st English translation of latest Arab bills of the combating among Muslim and Christian.

Extracts are drawn from seventeen diversified authors encompassing a mess of sources:

  • The common histories of the Muslim international,
  • The chronicles of towns, areas and their dynasties
  • Contemporary biographies and documents of well-known deeds.

Overall, this publication offers a sweeping and stimulating view of the Crusades obvious via Arab eyes.

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The Frankish army from Antioch came out to challenge him, but he fought and defeated them. All this happened in the space of a few months. 1 Before his death he had fortified the city of Jaffa and handed it over to a Frankish Count named Tancred. At Godfrey’s death his brother Baldwin marched on Jerusalem with 500 cavalry and infantry. When Ibn Duqāq, King of Damascus, heard of this he led his army out against them, accompanied by Janāh ad-Daula of Hims, and together they defeated the Franks. In the same year the Franks took Sarūj in Mesopotamia.

Panic seized Yaghi Siyān and he opened the city gates and fled in terror, with an escort of thirty pages. His army commander arrived, but when he discovered on enquiry that Yaghi Siyān had fled, he made his escape by another gate. This was of great help to the Franks, for if he had stood firm for an hour, they would have been wiped out. They entered the city by the gates and sacked it, slaughtering all the Muslims they found there. 2 As for Yaghi Siyān, when the sun rose he recovered his self control and realized that his flight had taken him several farsakh3 from the city.

Dare you slumber in the blessed shade of safety, where life is as soft as an orchard flower? How can the eye sleep between the lids at a time of disasters that would waken any sleeper? While your Syrian brothers can only sleep on the backs of their chargers, or in vultures’ bellies! Must the foreigners feed on our ignominy, while you trail behind you the train of a pleasant life, like men whose world is at peace? When blood has been spilt, when sweet girls must for shame hide their lovely faces in their hands!

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