The book talks about the invasion of the Arabs by the Franj. The term Franj in this book is used to mean all Christians from the West, an invasion which started in 1291. The events in the book accurate and reliable…
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The author however faced the problem of disconnection of some parts of the events because the scholar was at one time noticed recording the events and had to run for safety. The thesis of the book describes the atrocities of the Arabs in the hands of the Western Christians during the era of the crusaders. The thesis statement is set to answer the question whether the crusaders were justified in invading the Arab in the name of learning their culture.
In his account, Maalouf talks of some memorable events that took place, and they include the military battles which were stirred by the penetration of the westerns, disturbing the peaceful co-existence of the Islamic society, which forms the storyline. The Franj troops came in large numbers from the Marmaraian Sea. According to the author, their reasons for the invasion is to learn the culture and practices of the Islam but the narrations in the book reveal otherwise. The author tends to suggest that they were interested in the oil deposits, a commodity that the Arabs did not know about. They just referred to it as a one of the many marvels of Allah2.
According to the narration, the Arab-Muslims’ practices can well be illustrated based on their religion and faith. They are portrayed by the author as a society deeply anchored in their religion. They believe the holy book, the Koran is the best tool they can have on this earth. During their massacre in large numbers in Baghdad by the Franjs, they run for safety with nothing else but the Koran3. The author notes that they carried the Koran with infinite care. On landing at Damascus, they were received with gratitude and consoled that they should not worry about their evictions. Prophet Muhammad himself was also evicted from his native land; Mecca to run to Medina was well received and allowed to spread the new religion. The author mentions the holy war, the Jihad, which Prophet Muhammad launched while in the
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Over the years, historians have toiled to explain the reason for this supremacy and have struggled to elaborate how the Western world became eminent in the economic and political global scenario and also, why so many people, all over the globe, want to adopt Western lifestyle and are fascinated by the Western culture.
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