A History of the Crusades, Volume III: The Fourteenth and by Kenneth M. Setton, Harry W. Hazard

By Kenneth M. Setton, Harry W. Hazard

The six volumes of A historical past 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 background, politics, economics, and tradition of the medieval international.

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The issue of the relationship between theory and practice, which has since become central in the Western study of Islamic law, originated in these scholarly and political debates of the nineteenth century. The beginnings of the study of Islamic law in the Netherlands, which were closely linked to the colonisation of Indonesia, especially of the islands of Java and Sumatra, offer a telling example of the early entanglement of scholarly and practical questions. Until the departure of the British in 1814, Dutch civil servants were hardly involved in the administration of local communities.

He was, as it were, employed to take Sir Thomas’s holiday snaps (and perhaps the job drove him mad). John Frederick Lewis travelled for a time in the entourage of Viscount Castlereagh. Dauzats served as lithographer to the expedition of Baron Taylor in 1830. A year later the painter Marilhat travelled with the expedition of Baron Charles von Hügel. And so on. Naturally the tastes of the social elite fed into the subject matter of Orientalist painting. The market wanted pictures of horses. As Charles Newton has observed, it “is difficult to understand now in the age of the internal combustion-engine, the sheer pervasiveness of hippomania”.

For emerging nations history books are the least digestible texts, as they are very likely to be run through with colonial ideology. Anthropological worls raise the same issue, but several interpretive levels can be found within them: all texts mentioning collections of objects that can be made into heritage will readily be reused, though what is “imperial” in them may be discarded in the reconstruction process. The original editions of Prosper Ricard’s Corpus des Tapis Marocains28 and Baron d’Erlanger’s Musique Arabe29 are currently being republished as is.

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