15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not the best account!,
This review is from: The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (Saqi Essentials) (Paperback)
I have to disagree with the other reviewers. The idea of the book is a very good one. We're used to reading about the crusades from the western perspective. Even the most objective account will tend to examine the motivations/ideas of the crusaders rather than the Arabs. So Ma'alouf's book is needed. However, it is, academically speaking, a bit slim. In my opinion this book is NOT well researched; however, even though it does so poorly, it touches on an understudied side of the crusades.
To use a rather odd analogy: if this was a movie I'd tell you to watch it on a plane or on TV but not to buy it!