'Barbarians from the West – An Arabic Perspective of the Crusades'

'Barbarians from the West – An Arabic Perspective of the Crusades'

Saladin's Army riding to meet the Crusaders

Series Name Lunchtime Lectures
Speaker Dan Porter
Type Lectures & Talks
When 19 Jun 2015, 12:00PM - 01:00PM
Venue Leicester Adult Education College, 2 Wellington St, Leicester City Centre
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Ralitsa Kantcheva, 0116 294 4685

"How dare you slumber in the shade of complacent safety ... whilst your brothers in Syria have no dwelling place save the saddles of camels and the bellies of vultures?"

Abu Sa'ad Al-Harawi, Qadi of Damascus, August 1099

In the Western world there is a large body of work that describes the experience of the Crusades from a European perspective. Little is known in the West, however, about the perspective of the Arabic communities on the Crusaders invading their lands and their experiences.

In this Lunchtime Lecture, Dan Porter, a postgraduate research student from the School of History at the University of Leicester, will talk about the Arabic experience of the Crusades and how they recounted events from this period of history. This perspective is built on evidence from the writings of Arabic chroniclers, jurists and even poets of the time of the Crusades. This lecture represents part of Dan's wider research about Medieval Islamic ideas about non-Muslims towards his final dissertation in the area of Arabic and Islamic history.

The Lunchtime Lecture series takes place Fridays, 12-1pm at the Leicester Adult Education College, located at 2 Wellington St, near the city end of New Walk. The lectures are delivered by current University of Leicester postgraduates and are open to the public, so there is no need to book, just come along on the day.

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