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By Francesco Gabrieli

The recapture of Jerusalem, the siege of acre, the autumn of Tripoli, the impact in Baghdad of occasions in Syria; those and different happenings have been faithfully recorded via Arab historians through the centuries of the Crusades. First released in English in 1969, this publication offers 'the different part' of the Holy conflict, supplying the 1st English translation of up to date Arab money owed of the scuffling with among Muslim and Christian.

Extracts are drawn from seventeen assorted authors encompassing a mess of sources:

  • The basic histories of the Muslim global,
  • The chronicles of towns, areas and their dynasties
  • Contemporary biographies and documents of recognized deeds.

Overall, this booklet provides a sweeping and stimulating view of the Crusades visible via Arab eyes.

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Some of Jawalī’s men who were with him reproached him with a violation of his undertaking, but he replied that what he did to this city was no affair of theirs. The Count, free and safely back in Antioch, was given 30,000 dinar, horses, arms, and clothing, by Tancred, who had taken over the city while the Count was in prison. Now Baldwin applied to Tancred to restore the city to him, but met with no response. He moved to Tall Bashīr, where the arrival of Joscelin, released by Jawalī, delighted and encouraged him.

Saint-Gilles had 100,000 men2 and Qilíj Arslān only a few. In the battle the Franks were routed, many of them killed or captured, and Qilíj Arslān returned home with the booty of this unexpected victory. Saint-Gilles, defeated, retired into Syria with 300 men. The Prince of Tripoli, Fakhr al-Mulk ibn ‘Ammār, sent to the Amīr Yakhūz, who governed Hims for Janāh ad-Daula, and to Duqāq ibn Tutūsh, King of Damascus, to tell them of the opportunity to take advantage of Saint-Gilles’ weakness. So Yakhūz went in person and Duqāq sent 2,000 men, who were joined by reinforcements from Tripoli.

CHAPTER THREE The extracts from Ibn al-Qalānisi that follow give a vivid first-hand account of the fall of the Syrian coastal cities (Tripoli, Beirūt, Sidon, and later, Tyre), and of the effect on Islām’s spiritual capital of the influx of Frankish invaders into the empire. Muslim public opinion, alarmed by the tales of the Syrian refugees, demanded substantial military action by the central authorities; the Caliph and the Seljuqid Sultan, who, as usual, ‘promised to provide’. THE FALL OF TRIPOLI (IBN AL-QALĀNISI, 163–4) In sha‘bān of 502/March 1109 Bertrand,1 the son of Saint-Gilles (who was attacking Tripoli) arrived by sea from his homeland with sixty vessels carrying Franks and Genoese, and encamped under the city walls.

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