Since this paper is my reflection, I will be honest by stating that I am nineteen years old, white, a male, and have been raised in a Catholic family just outside of Louisville, Kentucky. Now why is this important? This is important because the only viewpoint of the crusades that I have studied, prior to my experience with Maalouf, has been from the Christian point of view. Until now, I have yet to place myself in the shoes of those on the opposite end of the sword, shields, and Jihad. History is a touchy subject for me because I have come to learn there is always another side of the story to learn from. This fact leads to the first main thesis of Maalouf’s adventure.
Maalouf’s main thesis in The Crusades Through Arab Eyes is that the crusades are a major part of history and have truly influenced every one of our lives. The second pa...
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...book was difficult in the fact of all the strange names and places but that teaches me that learning about the world will not be easy either. It is hard for people to drop what they are used to and be open to something totally foreign to them but that is something I need to experience in life.
Maalouf’s lessons of history, influence, and perspective will stick with me for the rest of my college career as I continue to grow as a student and piece of history. Maalouf shows how the past and future have a lot to hold for all generations to come. And I hope to be a positive influence on our world’s history.
Amin Maalouf – Translated by Jon Rothschild. The Crusades Through Arab Eyes. 1984 Al Saqi Books. November 13, 2013. Print.
Petri Liukkonen. Amin Maalouf (1949- ). Ari Pesonen. Kuusankosken kaupunginkirjasto 2008. Noember 13, 2013. Web.
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