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: Random House
  • ISBN: 1448129680
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 496
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An epic story of empire-building and bloody conflict, this ground-breaking biography of one of history’s most venerated military and religious heroes opens a window on the Islamic and Christian worlds’ complex relationship. When Saladin recaptured Jerusalem from the Crusaders in 1187, returning the Holy City to Islamic rule for the first time in almost ninety years, he sent shockwaves throughout Christian Europe and the Muslim Near East that reverberate today. It was the culmination of a supremely exciting life, fraught with challenges and contradictions but blessed occasionally with marvellous good fortune. Born into a significant Kurdish family in northern Iraq, Saladin shot to power in faraway Egypt thanks to the tutelage of his uncle. Over two decades, this warrior and diplomat fought under the banner of jihad, but at the same time worked tirelessly to build an immense dynastic empire that stretched from North Africa to Western Iraq. Gathering together a turbulent and diverse coalition he was able to capture Jerusalem, only to trigger the Third Crusade and face his greatest adversary, King Richard the Lionheart. Drawing on a rich blend of Arabic and European sources, this is a comprehensive account of both the man and the legend to which he gave birth, describing vividly the relentless action of his life and then tracing its aftermath through culture and politics all the way to the present day. It reveals the personal qualities that explain his enduring reputation as a man of faith, generosity, mercy and justice, even while showing him to be capable of mistakes, self-interest and cruelty. After Saladin’s death, it goes on to explain how in the West this Sunni Muslim became famed for his charm and chivalric virtue, while across much of the Islamic world he stands as one of history’s greatest heroes, an inspiration to be admired and emulated. The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin shows how this one man’s life takes us beyond the crude stereotypes of the ‘Clash of Civilisations’ even while his legacy helps explain them: an intimate portrait of a towering figure of world history that is thrillingly relevant today.

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 North American Review

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The North American Review

The North American Review

  • Author: Jared Sparks,Edward Everett,James Russell Lowell,Henry Cabot Lodge
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: American fiction
  • Page: N.A
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Vols. 277-230, no. 2 include Stuff and nonsense, v. 5-6, no. 8, Jan. 1929-Aug. 1930.

The North American Review

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The North American Review

The North American Review

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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The Crusades

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The Crusades

The Crusades

Islamic Perspectives

  • Author: Carole Hillenbrand
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9780415929141
  • Category: History
  • Page: 648
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This comprehensive work of cultural history gives us something we have never had: a view of the Crusades as seen through Muslim eyes. With breathtaking command of medieval Muslim sources as well as the vast literature on medieval European and Muslim culture, Carole Hillenbrand has produced a book that shows not only how the Crusades were perceived by the Muslims, but how the Crusades affected the Muslim world - militarily, culturally, and psychologically. As the author demonstrates, that influence continues now, centuries after the events. In The Crusades the reader discovers how the Muslims reacted to the Franks, and how Muslim populations were displaced, the ensuing period of jihad, the careers of Nur al-Din and Saladin, and the interpenetration of Muslim and Christian cultures. Stereotypes of the Franks in Muslim documents offer a fascinating counter to Western views of the infidel of legend. For readers interested in the Middle Ages, military history, the history of religion, and postcolonial studies, The Crusades opens a window onto a conflict we have only viewed from one side. The Crusades is richly illustrated, with eighteen color plates and over five hundred line drawings and black and white photographs.

Selections from the Writings of the Late E.B. Watermeyer, with a Brief Sketch of His Life

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Selections from the Writings of the Late E.B. Watermeyer, with a Brief Sketch of His Life

Selections from the Writings of the Late E.B. Watermeyer, with a Brief Sketch of His Life

  • Author: Egidius Benedictus Watermeyer
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)
  • Page: 279
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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.

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 Gibb
  • Publisher: Saqi Books
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 94
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Saladin, the Kurdish founder of the Ayyubid Dynasty, conquered Jerusalem in 1187 and repelled the Crusaders. Though England's Richard I later defeated him, Saladin's legend has become enshrined in European as well as Middle Eastern lore. Sir Hamilton Gibb produced this short biographical account by drawing from two chronicles written by well-placed contemporaries of the fabled leader. Meticulously annotated, Gibb's classic is an essential reference for historians as well as an excellent introduction to a fascinating historical figure.

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.