Usama Ibn Munqidh Warrior-Poet of the Age of Crusades

ISBN-10: 1851684034
ISBN-13: 9781851684038
Edition: 2005
Authors: Paul M. Cobb
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Description: A fascinating portrait of Usama ibn Munquidh, the famed 12th century warrior-poet and chronicler of everyday Muslim in the era of the first Crusade.

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 4/25/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

A fascinating portrait of Usama ibn Munquidh, the famed 12th century warrior-poet and chronicler of everyday Muslim in the era of the first Crusade.

Usama ibn Munqidh(10951188) was born in northern Syria and counted among his patrons the mighty sultan Saladin. Paul M. Cobbis Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic History at the University of Pennsylvania.

Preface
Introduction
The Youth and the Castle
The setting of Shayzar
Childhood
Hunting at Shayzar
Shayzar's bad neighbors
Nizaris attack Shayzar
Relations with the Franks
Quiet moments
Exile
Service to Zangi
Last days in Hama
The Outcast and the Kings
Damascus (1138-1144)
Usama among the Franks
Trouble in Damascus
Egyptian adventures (1144-1154)
The lesson of Ridwan
A new patron
An expedition to Syria
Conspiracy in Cairo
The final straw
Damascus and Nur al-Din (1154-1164)
Calamity
The Poet and the Tomb
Diyar Bakr (1164-1174)
Literary output
Denouement in Damascus (1174-1188)
Intellectual pursuits
Order and Chaos
God's will and the vicissitudes of Time
Usama's Islam
Pious exemplars and the miraculous
Women's honor
Male honor and social status
The manners and customs of animals
Conclusion
Franks and Muslims
Usama, ethnographer
Usama and the coming of the Crusades
Usama on Antioch
Social relations with the Franks
Medicine
Frankish justice
Usama and Christianity
Afterword
Further reading
Works cited
Principal people encountered in this book
Simplified lists of principal dynasties and rulers in Usama's lifetime
Index

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