The Crusades: An Arab Perspective is a four-part series looking at the dramatic story of the medieval religious war seen through Arab eyes. It starts with the Catholic church council in Clermont in France in 1095, under Pope Urban II, and continues to the fall of Acre, the last Crusader foothold in the east, in 1291. In two centuries of bloody battles, massacres, conquering and reconquering of territories, the holy city of Jerusalem changed hands between Muslims and Christians. The story also involves many famous names – Salah Ed-Din (Saladin), Richard the Lionheart, King Fredrick II and Louis IX. The series provides a new perspective on the history of the Crusades for a global, English-speaking audience, that has read about or studied the famous struggle from a purely Christian or primarily western point of view. Here the story has a different angle, arguing that religion may have been a smokescreen for a wider, colonial war.