By Francesco Gabrieli
The recapture of Jerusalem, the siege of acre, the autumn of Tripoli, the influence in Baghdad of occasions in Syria; those and different happenings have been faithfully recorded through Arab historians throughout the centuries of the Crusades. First released in English in 1969, this book presents 'the different aspect' of the Holy warfare, offering the first English translation of latest Arab accounts of the combating among Muslim and Christian. Extracts are drawn from seventeen varied authors encompassing a mess of assets: the overall histories of the Muslim global, The chronicles of towns, areas and their dynasties Contemporary biographies and files of famous deeds. total, this publication offers a sweeping and stimulating view of the Crusades obvious via Arab eyes.
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1 The Ata-beg responded at once and sent to Tyre a large contingent of Turks, fully equipped, and consisting of more than 200 cavalry and skilled archers. Voluntary foot-soldiers from the surrounding region, from Mount ‘Āmila and even from Damascus arrived at Tyre in large numbers, while the Ata-beg sent further reinforcements. As for Baldwin, when he heard of the Ata-beg’s interest in Tyre he hastily surrounded the city with all the troops at his disposal. This was on 25 jumada I 505/29 November 1111.
Qaraja’s only supporter in Harrān was a Turkish page called Jawalī, whom al-Isfahani befriended and made commander of the army. One day, when they were drinking together and al-Isfahani was drunk, Jawalī killed him, with the connivance of one of his servants. Then the Frankish army from Edessa marched on Harrān. Mu‘īn ad-Daula Suqmān and Shams ad-Daula Chekermīsh1 were involved in a vendetta caused by Chekermīsh’s murder of Suqmān’s nephew, as will be narrated later on, God willing. When they heard what had happened they suggested joining forces to save the situation at Harrān.
On 10 sha‘bān/11 February the Franks brought them into use against the city walls, and battle raged around them. The smaller of the two was more than forty cubits high; the larger, more than fifty. On I ramadān/2 March the people of Tyre made a sortie and attacked the two towers with Greek fire, wood, pitch, and the means to set fire to them. They failed to set fire directly to either of their objectives, but they started a blaze near the smaller one in a place where the Franks could not extinguish it, and the wind blew it on to the tower.
Arab Historians of the Crusades (Routledge Revivals) by Francesco Gabrieli