FRANKS IN MUSLIM POETRIES IN CRUSADE TERM


Kocasavas Y.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF HISTORY-TARIH DERGISI, no.66, pp.1-13, 2017 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 66
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Journal Name: TURKISH JOURNAL OF HISTORY-TARIH DERGISI
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-13
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

In this study, we will investigate the negative opinions of Muslim poets toward "The Crusades." Muslim poets assigned many names and adjectives in their poems to Christians who joined "The Crusades," of which the most used name was "Franks." Muslim Arabic poets mentioned the Franks in their poetries, trying to insult and de-moralize them and encourage Muslims to be against them. For them, the Frank army was huge enough to scare overflowing rivers; however, they were strictly defeated because for Muslim poets, the Franks were cowards, incapabies, violators, rogues, liars, traitors, helpless and cruel people. Moreover, they considered the Franks "the kids of infidels" who attributed a partner to god because they were disloyal. In their opinion, the Franks' most evident traits were disloyalty.