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

Memoirs of Usamah ibn-Munqidh

Translated by Philip K. Hitti. With a new foreword by Richard W. Bulliet

Columbia University Press

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

Pub Date: June 2000

ISBN: 9780231121255

265 Pages

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Pub Date: June 2000

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265 Pages

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Pub Date: June 2000

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

Memoirs of Usamah ibn-Munqidh

Translated by Philip K. Hitti. With a new foreword by Richard W. Bulliet

Columbia University Press

The life of Usâmah ibn-Munqidh epitomized the height of Arab civilization as it flourished in the period of the early Crusades. His memoirs present an uncommon non-European perspective and understanding of the military and cultural contact between East and West, Muslim and Christian. His writing is remarkable for its narrative clarity, its humanity, and its wealth of perceptive details.
Section I
1. Fighting Against the Franks
2. Usamah's First Sojourn in Damascus
3. Usamah in Egypt
4. Usamah's Second Sojourn in Damascus
5. Battles Against Franks and Moslems
6. Adventures with Lions and Other Wild Animals
7. Other War Experiences
8. An Appreciation of the Frankish Character
9. Sundry Experiences and Observations
Section II
1. Stories of Holy Men
2. Noteworthy Cures
Section III
1. Hunting in Syria, Mesopotamia, and Egypt
2. Usamah's Father as a Hunter
Index

About the Author

Richard W. Bulliet is professor of history at Columbia University. A former Guggenheim fellow, he has authored books on technology, The Camel and the Wheel (Columbia); and on Middle East History, Islam: The View from the Edge (Columbia). He is also the author of four novels of mystery and intrigue.