Barbarians from the West the Crusades seen from an Arabic perspective

The writings of Arabic communities during the Crusades, long overlooked by most historians in the West, will be explored in a lecture that aims to provide a new perspective on this bloody period of history.

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.

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 poets of the time of the Crusades.

'Barbarians from the West – An Arabic Perspective of the Crusades' is free and open to the public and takes place on Friday 19 June, 12-1pm at the Leicester Adult Education College, located at 2 Wellington St, near the city end of New Walk.