By Paul M. Cobb
In 1099, while the 1st crusaders arrived successful and bloody ahead of the partitions of Jerusalem, they carved out a Christian eu presence within the Islamic international that remained for hundreds of years, strengthened by means of next waves of latest crusades and pilgrimages. yet how did medieval Muslims comprehend those occasions? What does an Islamic historical past of the Crusades seem like? The solutions may possibly shock you.
In The Race for Paradise, we see medieval Muslims coping with this new and long-lived Crusader hazard now not easily as sufferers or as victors, yet as every thing in-between, on all seashores of the Muslim Mediterranean, from Spain to Syria. this isn't only a common story of warriors and kings clashing within the Holy Land - of army confrontations and enigmatic heros resembling the good sultan Saladin. What emerges is a extra complex tale of border-crossers and turncoats; of embassies and retailers; of students and spies, them all trying to deal with this new probability from the barbarian fringes in their ordered global.
When visible from the point of view of medieval Muslims, the Crusades turn out to be anything altogether varied from the high-flying rhetoric of the ecu chronicles: as a diplomatic chess-game to be mastered, a advertisement chance to be seized, a cultural come across shaping Muslim stories of Europeans until eventually the shut of the center a while - and, as so usually occurred, a political problem to be exploited by means of bold rulers making canny use of the language of jihad.
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