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The six volumes of A background of the Crusades will stand because the definitive background of the Crusades, spanning 5 centuries, encompassing Jewish, Moslem, and Christian views, and containing a wealth of data and research of the heritage, politics, economics, and tradition of the medieval international.

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We hatched a plan, and accordingly I went to visit Azad, (al-Aswad's) wife, 170 saying to her, "Oh my cousin, you know the misfortune this man represents for your people; he has killed your husband, made excessive slaughter among your people, humiliated those who remained of them, and disgraced the women. " She said, "Yes, by God. God has created no one more hateful to me than he is. He does not attend to what is right [even] for the sake of God, nor does he refrain from what is forbidden171 for His sake.

Verily, a tribe that forgets their appointed times, and lets others do the [good ] deeds-beware being like them. Haste! Hurry! Salvation ! For behind you is one who searches swiftly, an appointed time whose passage is rapid. " He also stood up and said, after praising and extolling God: "God only accepts those works through which His countenance was desired ; so strive for God in your works . 68 Servants of God, be forewarned by whoever l 18471 among you has died, and think on those who were before you.

Ashiratuhu. " 17. Wuzard', here using wazir in the Qur'anic sense of "helper, assistant"; cf. Qur'an zo:z9, 25:35. x8. A loose parallel in Ibn Sa'd, III/i, 129, 11. , makes clear the idea of shared power. 19. A leader of Khazraj, prominent at Badr and other battles of the Prophet. Cf. , 109-IO. zo. " z1. " zz. 24 By God, the Arabs will not be content to give you the leadership when their Prophet was not one of you; but they would not prevent their affairs from being led by one of those among whom prophethood [had appeared] and from whom the guardian of their affairs [was chosen].

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