The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin

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The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin

The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin

  • Author: Jonathan Phillips
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 0300247060
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 520
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An engaging biography that offers a new perspective on one of the most influential figures of the Crusades In 1187, Saladin marched triumphantly into Jerusalem, ending decades of struggle against the Christians and reclaiming the holy city for Islam. Four years later he fought off the armies of the Third Crusade, which were commanded by Europe's leading monarchs. A fierce warrior and savvy diplomat, Saladin's unparalleled courtesy, justice, generosity, and mercy were revered by both his fellow Muslims and his Christian rivals such as Richard the Lionheart. Combining thorough research with vivid storytelling, Jonathan Phillips offers a fresh and captivating look at the triumphs, failures, and contradictions of one of the Crusades' most unique figures. Bringing the vibrant world of the twelfth century to life, this book also explores Saladin's complicated legacy, examining the ways Saladin has been invoked in the modern age by Arab and Muslim leaders ranging from Nasser in Egypt, Asad in Syria, and Saddam Hussein in Iraq to Osama bin Laden, as well as his huge appeal across popular culture in books, drama, and music.

Saladin

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Saladin

Saladin

The Life, the Legend and the Islamic Empire

  • Author: John Man
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1473508541
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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Saladin remains one of the most iconic figures of his age. As the man who united the Arabs and saved Islam from Christian crusaders in the 12th century, he is the Islamic world’s preeminent hero. Ruthless in defence of his faith, brilliant in leadership, he also possessed qualities that won admiration from his Christian foes. He knew the limits of violence, showing such tolerance and generosity that many Europeans, appalled at the brutality of their own people, saw him as the exemplar of their own knightly ideals. But Saladin is far more than a historical hero. Builder, literary patron and theologian, he is a man for all times, and a symbol of hope for an Arab world once again divided. Centuries after his death, in cities from Damascus to Cairo and beyond, to the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf, Saladin continues to be an immensely potent symbol of religious and military resistance to the West. He is central to Arab memories, sensibilities and the ideal of a unified Islamic state. In this authoritative biography, historian John Man brings Saladin and his world to life in vivid detail. Charting his rise to power, his struggle to unify the warring factions of his faith, and his battles to retake Jerusalem and expel Christian influence from Arab lands, Saladin explores the life and the enduring legacy of this champion of Islam, and examines his significance for the world today.

Eagle

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Eagle

Eagle

Book One of the Saladin Trilogy

  • Author: Jack Hight
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1848545118
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 416
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Salah ad-Din, or Saladin as he is known to the Franks, was a Kurd, the son of a despised people, and yet he became Sultan of Egypt and Syria. He united the peoples of Allah, recaptured Jerusalem, and drove the Crusaders to the very edge of the sea. He battled, and in the end tamed King Richard the Lionheart, who well deserved his savage name. He was a great man, the greatest man that I ever knew, but when I first met him, he was only a skinny child...- The Chronicle of Yahya al-Dimashq But alongside the legend of Saladin there is another story. When the Crusader army is routed beneath the walls of Damascus in 1148, a young Saxon named John is captured and enslaved. He is bought by Yusuf, a slight, bookish boy, for the price of a pair of sandals. And so begins the story of two enemies brought together by fate and of a friendship that will change the face of the Holy Land. Timid Yusuf will grow up to become the warrior Saladin, nicknamed 'the Eagle'; John will first teach his young master the art of war, before returning west to serve first the King of Jerusalem and then King Richard himself. From spectacular set-piece battles to the political manoeuvrings of the corrupt Crusader court, from the brutality of single combat to the sophistication of Islamic life, this is the first in a remarkable trilogy that will chart the story of the greatest leader the Middle East has ever known.

The Crusades

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The Crusades

The Crusades

The War for the Holy Land

  • Author: Thomas Asbridge
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1849837708
  • Category: History
  • Page: 784
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In the eleventh century, a vast Christian army, summoned to holy war by the pope, rampaged through the Muslim world of the eastern Mediterranean, seizing possession of Jerusalem, a city revered by both faiths. Over the two hundred years that followed this First Crusade, Islam and the West fought for dominion of the Holy Land, clashing in a succession of chillingly brutal wars, both firm in the belief that they were at God's work. For the first time, this book tells the story of this epic struggle from the perspective of both Christians and Muslims, reconstructing the experiences and attitudes of those on either side of the conflict. Mixing pulsing narrative and piercing insight, it exposes the full horror, passion and barbaric grandeur of the crusading era. One of the world's foremost authorities on the subject, Thomas Asbridge offers a vivid and penetrating history of the crusades, setting a new standard for modern scholarship. Drawing upon painstaking original research and an intimate knowledge of the Near East, he uncovers what drove Muslims and Christians alike to embrace the ideals of jihad and crusade, revealing how these holy wars reshaped the medieval world and why they continue to echo in human memory to this day.

Islam and the Netherlands

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Islam and the Netherlands

Islam and the Netherlands

  • Author: Guillaume Frédéric Pijper
  • Publisher: Brill Archive
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Arabic philology
  • Page: 38
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Saladin and the Kingdom of Jerusalem

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Saladin and the Kingdom of Jerusalem

Saladin and the Kingdom of Jerusalem

The Muslims Recapture the Holy Land in AD 1187

  • Author: Lee Hancock
  • Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780823942176
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 64
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Recounts the life and accomplishments of Saladin, the Kurdish leader who recaptured Jerusalem from the Crusaders but gained the respect even of his enemies as a courageous and honorable man.

The Life of Saladin

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The Life of Saladin

The Life of Saladin

Based on the Works of Baha' Ad-Din Ibn Shaddad and 'Imad Ad-Din Al-Isfahani

  • Author: Hamilton Alexander Rosskeen Gibb
  • Publisher: Al Saqi
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 94
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Chronicle of a legendary figure by two of his contemporaries.

Classical Arabic Philosophy: An Anthology of Sources

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Classical Arabic Philosophy: An Anthology of Sources

Classical Arabic Philosophy: An Anthology of Sources

  • Author: Jon McGinnis,David C. Reisman
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing
  • ISBN: 1603843922
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 464
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This volume introduces the major classical Arabic philosophers through substantial selections from the key works (many of which appear in translation for the first time here) in each of the fields -- including logic, philosophy of science, natural philosophy, metaphysics, ethics, and politics -- to which they made significant contributions. An extensive Introduction situating the works within their historical, cultural, and philosophical contexts offers support to students approaching the subject for the first time, as well as to instructors with little or no formal training in Arabic thought. A glossary, select bibliography, and index are also included.

Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama

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Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama

Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama

Volume IV

  • Author: Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
  • Publisher: The Minerva Group, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9781410213365
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 564
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Originally published in 1892, "the object of this Handbook is to supply readers and speakers with a lucid, but very brief account of such names as are used in allusions and references, whether by poets or prose writers; - to furnish those who consult it with the plot of popular dramas, the story of epic poems, and the outline of well-known tales. The number of dramatic plots sketched out is many hundreds. Another striking and interesting feature of the book is the revelation of the source from which dramatists and romancers have derived their stories, and the strange repetitions of historic incidents. It has been borne in mind throughout that it is not enough to state a fact. It must be stated attractively, and the character described must be drawn characteristically if the reader is to appreciate it, and feel an interest in what he reads." This work, an American reprint of The Reader's Handbook by E. Cobham Brewer, ..".while retaining all of the original material that can interest and aid the English-speaking student, gives also 'characters and sketches found in American novels, poetry and drama.'"

Chivalric Stories as Childrenäó»s Literature

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Chivalric Stories as Childrenäó»s Literature

Chivalric Stories as Childrenäó»s Literature

Edwardian Retellings in Words and Pictures

  • Author: Velma Bourgeois Richmond
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 147661735X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 384
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Knights and ladies, giants and dragons, tournaments, battles, quests and crusades are commonplace in stories for children. This book examines how late Victorians and Edwardians retold medieval narratives of chivalry—epics, romances, sagas, legends and ballads. Stories of Beowulf, Arthur, Gawain, St. George, Roland, Robin Hood and many more thrilled and instructed children, and encouraged adult reading. Lavish volumes and schoolbooks of the era featured illustrated texts, many by major artists. Children’s books, an essential part of Edwardian publishing, were disseminated throughout the English-speaking world. Many are being reprinted today. This book examines related contexts of Medievalism expressed in painting, architecture, music and public celebrations, and the works of major authors, including Sir Walter Scott, Tennyson, Longfellow and William Morris. The book explores national identity expressed through literature, ideals of honor and valor in the years before World War I, and how childhood reading influenced 20th–century writers as diverse as C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Siegfried Sassoon, David Jones, Graham Greene, Ian Fleming and John Le Carré.