An Arab-Syrian Gentleman and Warrior in the Period of the Crusades: Memoirs of Usāmah Ibn-Munqidh (Kitāb Al-Iʻtibār) ; Translated from the Original Manuscript by Philip K. Hitti ; with a New Foreword by Richard W. Bulliet

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Columbia University Press, 2000 - History - 265 pages
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The life of Usāmah 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.

 

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A good set of memoirs, about a good-ole boy of Salahadin's Syria. He was one of the Kurdish soldiers who were promoted to their level of competence by Nur-eddin, and benefited from the feudal system ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Fighting against the Franks
25
Usamahs Second Sojourn in Damascus 11341164 a d
60
Adventures with Lions and Other Wild Animals
133
Other War Experiences
143
An Appreciation of the Frankish Character
161
Sundry Experiences and Observations
171
RARE ANECDOTES
201
Noteworthy Cures
213
SECTION III
221
Usamahs Father as a Hunter
228
The End of the Book
255
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About the author (2000)

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.

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