Crusade, Commerce, and Culture

Crusade, Commerce, and Culture

Crusade, Commerce, and Culture

Crusade, Commerce, and Culture

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The present volume contains the enlarged substance of a series of six lectures delivered at Indiana University under the auspices of the Patten Foundation. For the honor of my election as Patten Lecturer for the year 1957, I am truly grateful and appreciative.

My interest in the study of the relations between the East and the West is as old as my academic career; I started lecturing on the subject at the School of Oriental Studies in the University of London more than a quarter of a century ago in the academic session 1933-34. Of necessity, my material has undergone considerable emendation and development in the process of repeated lecturing on various aspects of it in the numerous educational centers where I was engaged in teaching or conducting historical research. After London, I held seminars on the same theme at the University of Bonn in Western Germany until the approach of the Second World War, when I moved to the Egyptian Universities of Cairo and Alexandria. For several years I developed various courses from the same material, with an eye on the Arabic sources in particular. In the meantime, I delivered occasional lectures on the Crusade . . .

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