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The race for paradise : an Islamic history of the crusades, Paul M. Cobb

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The race for paradise : an Islamic history of the crusades
Title
The race for paradise
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an Islamic history of the crusades
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Paul M. Cobb
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eng
Summary
  • "In The Race for Paradise, Paul M. Cobb offers an accurate and accessible representation of the Islamic experience of the Crusades during the Middle Ages. Cobb overturns previous claims and presents new arguments, such as the idea that the Frankish invasions of the Near East were something of a side-show to the broader internal conflict between Sunnis and Shi'ites in the region. The Race for Paradise moves along two fronts as Cobb stresses that, for medieval Muslims, the contemporaneous Latin Christian expansion throughout the Mediterranean was seen as closely linked to events in the Levant. As a consequence of this expanded geographical range, the book takes a broader chronological range to encompass the campaigns of Spanish kings north of the Ebro and the Norman conquest of Sicily (beginning in 1060), well before Pope Urban II's famous call to the First Crusade in 1095. Finally, The Race for Paradise brilliantly combats the trend to portray the history of the Crusades, particularly the Islamic experience, in simplistic or binary terms. Muslims did not solely experience the Crusades as fanatical warriors or as helpless victims, Cobb writes; as with any other human experience of similar magnitude, the Crusades were experienced in a great variety of ways, ranging from heroic martyrdom, to collaboration, to utter indifference."--Publisher information
  • "In 1099, when the first Frankish invaders arrived before the walls of Jerusalem, they had carved out a Christian European presence in the Islamic world that endured for centuries, bolstered by subsequent waves of new crusaders and pilgrims. The story of how this group of warriors, driven by faith, greed, and wanderlust, created new Christian-ruled states in parts of the Middle East is one of the best-known in history. Yet it is offers not even half of the story, for it is based almost exclusively on Western sources and overlooks entirely the perspective of the crusaded. How did medieval Muslims perceive what happened? In The Race for Paradise, Paul M. Cobb offers a new history of the confrontations between Muslims and Franks we now call the "Crusades," one that emphasizes the diversity of Muslim experiences of the European holy war. There is more to the story than Jerusalem, the Templars, Saladin, and the Assassins. Cobb considers the Arab perspective on all shores of the Muslim Mediterranean, from Spain to Syria. In the process, he shows that this is not a straightforward story of warriors and kings clashing in the Holy Land, but a more complicated tale of border-crossers and turncoats; of embassies and merchants; of scholars and spies, all of them seeking to manage a new threat from the barbarian fringes of their ordered world. When seen from the perspective of medieval Muslims, the Crusades emerge as something altogether different from the high-flying rhetoric of the European chronicles: as a cultural encounter to ponder, a diplomatic chess-game to be mastered, a commercial opportunity to be seized, and as so often happened, a political challenge to be exploited by ambitious rulers making canny use of the language of jihad. An engrossing synthesis of history and scholarship, The Race for Paradise fills a significant historical gap, considering in a new light the events that distinctively shaped Muslim experiences of Europeans until the close of the Middle Ages." -- Publisher's description
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
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Cobb, Paul M.
Dewey number
909.07
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D157
LC item number
.C58 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Crusades
  • Islam
  • Christianity and other religions
  • Muslims
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Christianity
  • Crusades
  • Interfaith relations
  • Islam
  • Muslims
  • Mediterranean Region
  • Middellandse-Zeegebied
  • Christentum
  • Kreuzzüge
  • Muslim
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The race for paradise : an Islamic history of the crusades, Paul M. Cobb
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-321) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Damascus crossroads -- The abode of Islam -- The frightened sea -- Prey of the sword -- Against the enemies of God -- Tasting our might -- The fallen tent -- From every deep valley -- Wolves and lions -- Let them be our eulogists -- Epilogue: Buried horsemen
Control code
ocn862780840
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxii, 335 pages
Isbn
9780199532018
Lccn
2013040040
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199358113
  • (OCoLC)862780840
Label
The race for paradise : an Islamic history of the crusades, Paul M. Cobb
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-321) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Damascus crossroads -- The abode of Islam -- The frightened sea -- Prey of the sword -- Against the enemies of God -- Tasting our might -- The fallen tent -- From every deep valley -- Wolves and lions -- Let them be our eulogists -- Epilogue: Buried horsemen
Control code
ocn862780840
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxii, 335 pages
Isbn
9780199532018
Lccn
2013040040
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199358113
  • (OCoLC)862780840

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