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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the key themes discussed in the book, which focuses on Muslim historians and the work or works they wrote containing information relevant to the crusading period. The works relevant for the history of the Crusades and the Latin East are examined in detail. While each of the modern contributors has been given the freedom to explore the text in the way they regard as being most effective, each textual study aims to: describe the history of modern studies, editions and translations of the text; highlight the reason for writing the text, its agenda and overall narrative framework; and demonstrate how the Franks of the Levant and the various Muslim rulers from the crusading period are presented. The writing of history in the medieval Islamic world followed a rather different path to that of history writing in contemporaneous western Europe.

Keywords: contemporaneous western Europe; Crusades; crusading period; medieval Islamic world; Muslim historians



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