[Marxism] Re Crusades

ilyenkova at netzero.com ilyenkova at netzero.com
Thu May 5 17:18:58 MDT 2005

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf is an invaluable book-- 
the narratives are from Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, many of them 
eyewtinesses and participants in the events they describe. Maalouf 
nicely inerweaves the central threads of internal Arab division with 
ongoing struggle to overcome them and deliver the greatest victory ever 
won by a non-European society against the Occident under Saladin. It 
should make a nice backdrop for viewing the film, about which I'd echo 
Mark L. that while fearing the worst one should see the film and hope 
for a surprise, which certainly isn't entirely out of the question 
considering Ridley Scott's history.
 Bob Montgomery

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