Medieval Muslim Historians and the Franks in the Levant seven leading scholars examine the historical writings of seven medieval Muslim historians whose works provide the core chronographical texts for reconstructing the events of the crusading period, 1097-1291.
Each chapter examines the life of and influences on each historian, their overall writings, and their historical works related to the Crusades. Each historical text is examined for the current state of modern research, the sources and working method of the author, and its use and relevance for crusader studies and other fields of research. This volume will be of use to anyone studying the events of the Crusades, of Islamic History, or of Arabic Historiography in the medieval period.
Contributors include: Frédéric Bauden, Niall Christie, Anne-Marie Eddé, Konrad Hirschler, Alex Mallett, and Françoise Micheau, Lutz Richter-Bernburg
Alex Mallett (Ph.D. 2009, University of Edinburgh) is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. He is the author of Popular Muslim Reactions to the Franks in the Levant, 1097-1291 (Ashgate, 2014), and co-editor of the five-volume series Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History (Brill, 2009-2013).
Medieval Muslim Historians and the Franks in the Levant …does not offer translations, but rather supplies detailed introductions to seven of the most important Arabic authors of the crusading period. [...] Thus, this work would perhaps be better classified as a reference work rather than as an essay collection. […].
Medieval Muslim Historians is an excellent resource for those studying the Islamic sources for the Crusades and will prove very helpful to many. The essays supply considerably more background than the current excyclopaedia entries in circulation on these authors (which in most cases would formerly have been the only general summaries available to non-Arabic-speaking historians). Thus this book stands alongside Mallett's contributions to the magisterial
Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History as another substantial contribution to the provision of reference works in the field..
Nicholas Morton in
Al-Masāq, 27:3 (2015).
"... a welcomed addition to the existing texts and monographs on this field and certainly accomplish the goal to be an important and appreciated
reference work for those who are interested in the study of the narratives of Muslim historians and chronicles of the crusading period."
Robert Celestre in
Eurasian Studies 13, 2015.
This is a very useful book. […]. After an introduction by the editor, we have contributions by Niall Christie on Ibn al-Qalānisī, Lutz Richter-Bernburg on ʿImād al-Dīn al-Iṣfahānī, Françoise Micheau on Ibn al-Athīr, Alex Mallett on Sibṭ Ibn al-Jawzī, Anne-Marie Eddé on Ibn al-ʿAdīm, Konrad Hirschler on Ibn Wāṣil and, finally, Frédéric Bauden on al-Maqrīzī. Each essay discusses the life of the author, the scope of his writings, the earlier and current editions and translations of the texts and the attitudes of the historians to the Franks. Anyone embarking on the study of the Crusader states in the Levant will find this a helpful guide. For the non-Arabist, it will provide background and context for works which are otherwise only names in footnotes. […]. This volume in an excellent introduction…”.
Hugh Kennedy in
EHR, cxxxi. 550 (2016).
All those interested in the history of the Crusades, medieval Islamic history, Arabic historiography, and Christian-Muslim relations in the medieval period.