By Kenneth M. Setton, Norman P. Zacour, Harry W. Hazard

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 international.

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Ed. Hhti (Princeton, 1930); tr. Hitti, An Arob-Syriun Gentleman arrd Wa"lor In the Period of tht Crusades (CURC, 10; New York, 1929; repr. Beirut, 1964). 108. lbn-KhallikAn, Jlllifayilt, VI, 81-98. Cb. I ARAB CULTUilB IN THE TWELFTH CENTURY 29 at the Ni~Iyah of Baghdad, as a military judge of Jerusalem under Saladin, and as the founder of two madrasah-type schools at Aleppo. sufiyah 10' (The celebrated words of the sultan and his distinguished works), and the history of his adopted city, Aleppo.

Ni (d. 1201). rsian by birth, he studied in Baghdad and wrote his works in Arabic. His best-known historical contribution is the Ki(ab al-fat}J al-qussi fl-1-fat}J ai-Qudsl (The Qussian interpreta99. Yaqiit, lrshlld, XIII, 219-240. 100. lbn-Kllallik4n, Wqfuybt, Ill, 107-111. 101. Ed. & tr. H . Ca$$eiS Kay (London, 1892). 102. Yaqiit, Irsh/Jd, XIII , 73- 87; lbn-Khalhlcan, Wqfayat, Jl, 471-473. 103. Yaqiit, IrshOd, XIX, 11- 28; lbn-KhalliUn, Wqfayllt, IV, 233-238. 28 A IDSlORY OF TBE CRUSADES v tion of the conquest of Jerusalem), 10• which is an account of Saladin's conquest of Syria and Palestine.

Therefore the revival of Mediterranean commerce, as a result of the crusades, partially compensated the Arab area for commerce lost elsewhere. As commerce expanded, agriculture and industry shared the benefits. Furthermore, throughout the ascendancy of the two Zengid sultans, 'lmlld-ad-Din Zengi and Nt1r-ad-Din MaJ:uniid (1127-1174), and the first Aiyiibid, Saladin (1169- 1193), special attention was paid to agriculture, which had always been the main industry of the area. lbn-Jubair (b. 1145, d.

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