By Kenneth M. Setton, Marshall W. Baldwin
The six volumes of A background of the Crusades will stand because the definitive heritage of the Crusades, spanning 5 centuries, encompassing Jewish, Moslem, and Christian views, and containing a wealth of knowledge and research of the background, politics, economics, and tradition of the medieval global.
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Palestine became a predominately Arab and Islamic country by the end of the seventh century,’ writes Edward Said. ‘Almost immediately thereafter its boundaries and its characteristics–including its name in Arabic, Filastin–became known to the entire Islamic world, as much for its fertility and beauty as for its religious significance. In the late tenth century, for example, we find this passage in Arabic:9 Filastin is the westernmost of the provinces of Syria. In its greatest length from Rafah to the boundary of AI Lajjun (Legio) it would take a rider two days to travel over; and the like time to cross the province in its breadth from Yafa (Jaffa) to Riha (Jericho)….
Originally published: London: Atlantic Books, 2006. eISBN-13: 978-1-5558-4874-3 1. Sabbagh, Karl. 2. Palestine Arabs–Biography. 3. Journalists–Palestine–Biography. 4. Palestine–History– 20th century. 5. Arab-Israeli conflict. I. Title. S23A3 2007. 94–dc22 2006049240 Grove Press an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc. com THE PLEA To find me you must stop the noise: silence the guns and the tanks, the shouted orders and the shouts of defiance, screaming and weeping, and listen. My voice is very weak.
These Arabs, furthermore, are people with an identity and a culture that is distinctly Palestinian, as opposed to Egyptian, Arabian or Iraqi. It is certainly true that there were other groups who also lived in the territory. 14 There are tremendous disparities in figures between those who support the Zionist case for ruling Palestine and more neutral observers and academics. Some of the disparity is due to the fact that population figures are not easy to estimate with any great certainty. The further back in time you go, the less reliable they are (although there is now a pretty good understanding of the system the Ottoman Turks used to assess the population of their empire, which included Palestine).
A History of the Crusades, Volume I: The First Hundred Years by Kenneth M. Setton, Marshall W. Baldwin