Arab-Syrian Gentleman and Warrior in the Period of the Crusades Memoirs of Us�mah Ibn-Munqidh

ISBN-10: 0231121253

ISBN-13: 9780231121255

Edition: 2000

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Description: The life of Usmah 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.

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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 6/22/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 265
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Richard W. Bulliet is professor of history at Columbia University. A former Guggenheim fellow, he is the editor of The Columbia History of the Twentieth Centuryand author of The Camel and the Wheel. He is also the author of four novels of mystery and intrigue.

Born in Lebanon, Philip K. Hitti was educated at the American University of Beirut and at Columbia University in New York. He received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia in 1915, two years after he had settled in the United States. In 1925, following a number of years of teaching at Columbia and at American University of Beirut, he accepted an appointment at Princeton University, where he remained until his retirement in 1954. He became the first director of Princeton's Near Eastern Studies Program. Hitti translated, wrote, and lectured extensively about the Arab world and Islamic civilization. A leading authority in the United States on Arabic and Islamic studies, he promoted and popularized Arabic studies in American educational institutions for nearly half a century. His most famous work is History of the Arabs, published in 1937, today considered a standard in the field.

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.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Wars, Travels and Other Experiences
Fighting Against the Franks
Usamah's First Sojourn in Damascus, 1138-1144 A.D.
Usamah in Egypt, 1144-1154 A.D.
Usamah's Second Sojourn in Damascus, 1154-1164 A.D.
Battles Against Franks and Moslems
Adventures with Lions and Other Wild Animals
Other War Experiences
An Appreciation of the Frankish Character
Sundry Experiences and Observations
Rare Anecdotes
Stories of Holy Men
Noteworthy Cures
Usamah's Hunting Experiences
Hunting in Syria, Mesopotamia and Egypt
Usamah's Father as a Hunter
The End of the Book
Index
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