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By Francesco Gabrieli

The recapture of Jerusalem, the siege of acre, the autumn of Tripoli, the impression in Baghdad of occasions in Syria; those and different happenings have been faithfully recorded through Arab historians in the course of the centuries of the Crusades. First released in English in 1969, this e-book offers 'the different part' of the Holy warfare, providing the 1st English translation of up to date Arab money owed of the struggling with among Muslim and Christian.

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

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

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

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The Franks reverted to bringing in all their supplies by sea. When Zahīr ad-Din heard what they were doing he took a section of the army round to the north side of the city, over-running the area outside the city walls. A number of sailors were killed and about twenty ships fired where they lay drawn up on the shore. Meanwhile Tughtikīn did not omit to send letters to the people of Tyre encouraging them and urging them to keep up their resistance to the Frankish attacks. In about eleven weeks the building of the two towers and their battering-rams was completed.

The Franks set to work to build a siege-tower to use against the walls of Beirūt, but as soon as it was finished and put into service the Muslims smashed it to pieces with stones flung from catapults. The Franks began to build another, and Saint-Gilles’ son undertook to provide a third. At this moment twelve Egyptian men-of-war appeared, overwhelmed the Frankish fleet, capturing some of the ships, and brought provisions into Beirūt. This helped the inhabitants to recover their enthusiasm. Then Baldwin sent to Suwaidiyya1 to ask for the help of the Genoese fleet there.

Now after having been in prison for almost five years, Jawalī released him and gave him robes of honour. It was agreed that his ransom should be a certain sum of dinar, the release of the Muslims held captive by him, and a promise to help Jawalī, when requested, with all that his armies, his presence and his money could offer. When the terms had been agreed Jawalī sent the Count to the fort of Ja‘bar, into the custody of its ruler Salim ibn Malik, until the arrival of his nephew Joscelin, a gallant Frankish knight and Prince of Tall Bashīr; he had been captured 1 The Turkish amīr who seized Mosul from Chekermīsh, the captor of Baldwin.

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