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By Francesco Gabrieli

ISBN-10: 0415563321

ISBN-13: 9780415563321

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 in the course of the centuries of the Crusades. First released in English in 1969, this publication provides 'the different aspect' of the Holy conflict, providing the 1st English translation of latest Arab debts of the scuffling with among Muslim and Christian.

Extracts are drawn from seventeen diversified authors encompassing a large number of sources:

  • The normal histories of the Muslim international,
  • The chronicles of towns, areas and their dynasties
  • Contemporary biographies and files of well-known deeds.

Overall, this e-book supplies a sweeping and stimulating view of the Crusades obvious via Arab eyes.

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Tancred returned to Antioch with the problem of Edessa still unresolved. Baldwin and Joscelin made a series of raids on Tancred’s forts, with the help of Kawasīl, an Armenian who controlled Ru‘bān, Kaisūm and other forts north of Aleppo, and whose army was a miscellaneous band including a number of Muslim renegades. Baldwin’s reinforcements from him numbered 2,000 cavalry and 2,000 infantry, all converts. Tancred prepared to fight, and sent the Patriarch of Edessa, whose status, like that of the Caliph among Muslims, commanded everyone’s obedience, to mediate about Edessa.

The citizens defended themselves stubbornly, and 300 Franks were killed. Saint-Gilles made a pact with them, and in return for money and horses left Tripoli to attack Tortosa in the same province. The siege was successful: the Franks killed most of the inhabitants and then moved on to the fort of at-Tubān, near Rafaniyya, which was commanded by a certain Ibn al-‘Arīd. In the battle that took place the Muslims were victorious and captured one of the leading Franks, for whom Saint-Gilles offered a ransom of 100,000 dinar1 and 1,000 prisoners; but the offer was refused.

In manpower, number of vessels and quantity of equipment and stores it was larger than any that had ever sailed from an Egyptian port. It brought enough men, money and supplies to keep Tripoli’s besiegers at bay for a year, as well as supplies for the rest of the Egyptian territories in Syria. The fleet reached Tyre eight days after the fall of Tripoli, by God’s will. So the supplies were unloaded at Tyre and distributed throughout the various regions, which was a help to the people of Tyre, Sidon and Beirūt, who had been complaining of their lack of resources and weakness in the face of Frankish aggression.

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