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An Arab-Syrian Gentleman and Warrior in the Period of the Crusades

 
 
 
 
An Arab-Syrian Gentleman and Warrior in the Period of the Crusades
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780231121255
ISBN 10: 231121253
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 2000-05-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 265
List Price: $30.00
 
 

The life of Usâmah ibn-Munqidh epitomizes the height of Arab civilization during the early Crusading period. These memoirs -- which represent a rare first-hand account of medieval European manners, morals, politics, and medicine written by a non-European -- offers new perspective and insight into an important point of military and cultural contact between the East and West. In his introduction, translator Philip Hitti writes, "Ancient Arabic literature has preserved for us other biographies, memoirs, and reminiscences by great men, but there is hardly anything superior to this one in its simplicity of narrative, dignity, and wealth of contents and general human interest.