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"Who was the real Saladin? To answer this question, A. R. Azzam argues, it is essential to appreciate the age Saladin lived in. The first major biography of Saladin for twenty years, A. R. Azzam's account is essential reading for anyone interested in the medieval Crusades, Islamic history and the origins of the modern Middle East."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Dr Abdul Rahman Azzam obtained his doctorate in Islamic Studies from Oxford University and is the author of several books. His background as an Oxford scholar and a Muslim, with access to both original Arabic and western sources, has given him a uniquely authoritative perspective on Saladin and the Islamic world of the period.

Table of Contents

Glossary of Main Names
Map of Jerusalem
Prologue:Separating the Man from the Myth
The Weakening of the Abbasid Caliph and the Sunni Revival
Disputes between Sunnis and Shiites
Building a new Sunni orthodoxy
The Turning of the Tide
The arrival of the Crusades in Syria
The establishment of Saladinís father and uncle
The rise of Nur al-Din and the spread of madrasas
The Young Saladin
The religious milieu in which Saladin grew up
The beginning of the Islamic counter-crusade
The education of Saladin
The Battle for Egypt
The Fatimids: the sick man of the Nile
Shirkuhís campaign
The emergence of Saladin and the siege of Alexandria
The Unlikely Vizier
The death of Shirkuh and the appointment of Saladin as vizier
The rise of al-Qadi al-Fadil
Master of Egypt
The crushing of the Sudanese uprising and the dismantlement of the Fatimid state
The establishment of Saladinís authority in Egypt
The introduction of Sunni orthodoxy to Egypt
The Prize of Syria
The death of Nur al-Din and Amalric
The power struggle in Syria
Saladin marches into Syria, and the challenge of Aleppo
The Meddlesome Priest: Saladin and al-Khabushani
Madrasa building in Egypt
The relationship between Saladin and the ulama
The Sunnification of Egypt
Saladin and the Leper King
Baldwin IV and the Kingdom of Jerusalem
Saladinís defeat at Mont Gisard
The death of Nur al-Dinís son and the struggle for northern Syria
Sailing Close to Disaster: Saladinís Illness at Harran
The death of Baldwin IV
Saladinís march on Mosul
Saladinís illness
Saladin and al-Qadi al-Fadil: renewed vows
Victory at Hattin
Saladin gathers his army
Deliberations in the Franksí camp
The march to Tiberias
The capture of the True Cross
Saladin slays Reynauld of Chatillon
The Return of Jerusalem
The collapse of the Latin Kingdom
Saladin besieges Jerusalem
The triumphant entry into Jerusalem
The Arrival of Richard
Conrad fortifies Tyre
The siege of Acre
The fragmentation of Saladinís army
The fall of Acre and the massacre of the 3,000
The march towards Jaffa
Saladinís defeat at Arsuf
A Bitter Siege of Attrition: Saladin, Richard and Jerusalem
The death of Taqi al-Din
Saladin fortifies Jerusalem
The attack on Jaffa and the defiance of Richard
Peace negotiations and the departure of Richard
Death in Damascus: Saladinís Last Days
The return to Damascus
Saladinís illness
Saladinís death and the mourning of the people
Saladin: an assessment
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