East meets West: the Crusades and the Age of Decolonisation

Martin Bommas (Editor)

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The Crusades, which lasted 206 years from the end of the 11th to the beginning of the 14th century CE, involved almost all European, North African and Middle Eastern countries, from Egypt to Mongolia. Millions of people lost their lives, were sold as slaves or were otherwise displaced; empires emerged and collapsed; faith and religious beliefs were challenged; and the impact of the divide between the East and the West is still evident today. The Crusades changed the world forever. East Meets West seeks to illuminate the complex intersection of western and eastern culture and civilization in the Eastern Mediterranean during the period of the Crusades through the study of Byzantine and Mamluk Egyptian artworks and illuminated manuscripts. The artworks examined and beautifully presented in full colour include ceramic bowls, Sgraffito ware, gold and glass jewellery and leafs from the Qur’an and other illuminated manuscripts.

This book accompanies the East meets West exhibition in the Macquarie University History Museum, 1 June 21 - 1 March 22.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherGiles Ltd.
Commissioning bodyMacquarie University History Museum (MUHM)
Number of pages72
ISBN (Print)9781913875022
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Middle Ages
  • Islam
  • Byzantium
  • late antiquity
  • Crusader Period
  • Qur'an, most sacred source of Islam - and Prophet Muhammad as the perfect example of what it means to be Muslim
  • Mamluk Egypt
  • architecture
  • sgraffito ware
  • history
  • Book of Hours
  • Islamic architecture


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