A History of the Crusades, Volume V: The Impact of the by Kenneth M. Setton, Norman P. Zacour, Harry W. Hazard

By Kenneth M. Setton, Norman P. Zacour, Harry W. Hazard

The six volumes of A heritage of the Crusades will stand because the definitive background of the Crusades, spanning 5 centuries, encompassing Jewish, Moslem, and Christian views, and containing a wealth of knowledge and research of the historical past, politics, economics, and tradition of the medieval global

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Ma’arri was the blind author (by dictation) of prose and poetry. He composed poems during his younger years, and these are compiled in The Spark of the Tinderbox (Saqt al-zand), a collection of poems that praised the Hamdanid King Sa’d al-Dawla, the notables of Aleppo, and a few librarians in Baghdad. Later, in The Self-Imposed Compulsion (Luzuˆm maˆ ˆ la yalzam), he uses a nonobligatory double rhyme, but these poems are chiefly characterized by their ironic and even cynical descriptions. They are unconventional as compared with the poetic form that is usually found in the odes of this time, because they contain many a thought on religion, death, destiny, the sinful world, the afterlife, resurrection (the question of whether it really shall occur), and the fate of ABU ’L-’ALA’ AHMAD IBN ABD ALLAH, AL-MA’ARRI slaughtered animals and their compensation in the afterlife.

R. The First Dynasty of Islam. London: Croom Helm, 1987. Kennedy, Hugh. The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates. London: Longman, 1986. Wellhausen, Julius. The Arab Kingdom and its Fall, trans. Margaret Weir. Calcutta, 1927. ‘ABD AL-RAHMAN III AL-NASIR ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Muhammad b. ‘Abd Allah, the first and the greatest of the short-lived line of Marwanid caliphs of al-Andalus, was born in Cordova in AH 277/891 CE, the grandson of the ruling emir ‘Abd Allah. In AH 300/912 CE, as the emir ‘Abd al-Rahman III, he took on his grandfather’s warridden and deeply divided reign, during which local strongmen of Iberian or Arabic descent had successfully revolted against the emiral authority 3 ‘ABD AL-RAHMAN III AL-NASIR and established themselves as independent rulers in most of the territory.

In The Challenge of the Middle East, Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Amsterdam, eds. A. A. van de Koppel, and R. Peters, 133–39, 209–11. University of Amsterdam, 1982. A. ’’ In Studies in Islamic Poetry, ed. A. Nicholson, 43–289. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1969. Smoor, Pieter. ’’ In Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenla¨ndischen Gesellschaft, Band 138-Heft 2, 283–312. Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1988. Studies concerning Chapters and Endings, Glorifying Allah and Offering Words of Warning Fischer, August.

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