Muslims and Crusaders: Christianity’s Wars in the Middle East, 1095-1382, from the Islamic Sources, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Muslims and Crusaders

Christianity’s Wars in the Middle East, 1095-1382, from the Islamic Sources, 1st Edition

By Niall Christie


196 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Muslims and Crusaders supplements and counterbalances the numerous books that tell the story of the crusading period from the European point of view, enabling readers to achieve a broader and more complete perspective on the period. It presents the Crusades from the perspective of those against whom they were waged, the Muslim peoples of the Levant. The book introduces the reader to the most significant issues that affected their responses to the European crusaders, and their descendants who would go on to live in the Latin Christian states that were created in the region.

This book combines chronological narrative, discussion of important areas of scholarly enquiry and evidence from primary sources to give a well-rounded survey of the period. It considers not only the military meetings between Muslims and the Crusaders, but also the personal, political, diplomatic and trade interactions that took place between Muslims and Franks away from the battlefield. Through the use of a wide range of translated primary source documents, including chronicles, dynastic histories, religious and legal texts and poetry, the people of the time are able to speak to us in their own voices.


'The author superbly combines chronological narrative with thematic case studies and skilfully integrates the original Arab sources – an essential introduction to the history of the Crusades in the Middle East.'

Dr Konrad Hirschler, SOAS, University of London, UK

'Christie's volume is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on the Crusades, written specifically for classroom use. [He] also engages readers in lively discussions on certain points in the narrative that question the sources, serving as an example for studying why sources should not be taken for granted. Summing up: Highly Recommended.'

T. M. May, University of North Georgia, U.S.A. in CHOICE

"Niall Christie has produced a substantial, user-friendly, counterbalancing presentation of the Crusades for use in university courses. Specialists, too, will value the book for its judicious emphasis on, and documentation of, the Muslim side of the story."

Laurence W. Marvin, Berry College, U.S.A. in Michigan War Studies Review

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List of Plates List of Maps Chronology Guide to Muslim Names Genealogies 1. Introduction 2. The Muslim World before the Crusades 3. The First Crusade and the Muslim Response, 1095-1146 4. Nur al-Din and Saladin, 1146-1174 5. Victory and Stalemate, 1174-1193 6. War and Peace in the 12th-Century Levant 7. The Successors of Saladin, 1193-1249 8. The Mamluks, 1249-1382 9. Conclusion Documents Who's Who Glossary References Index

About the Author

Niall Christie received his PhD in Islamic History from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, in 2000. He teaches the history of Europe and the Middle East at Langara College in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of numerous articles and The Book of the Jihad of 'Ali ibn Tahir al-Sulami (d. 1106): Text, Translation and Commentary (Ashgate, in press).

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Medieval