Saladin: The Muslim Warrior Who Defended His People

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Our children's understanding of the Muslim world has never been as important as it is today. As events in the Middle East affect world politics, and the Muslim community grows in the United States, knowledge of Islamic tradition and history are now crucial.

Flora Geyer's informative, accessible book tells the story of the Crusades from a Muslim point of view. The narrative follows Saladin from his birth into a prominent Kurdish family in Tikrit, Mesopotamia, in 1138. His ...

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Overview

Our children's understanding of the Muslim world has never been as important as it is today. As events in the Middle East affect world politics, and the Muslim community grows in the United States, knowledge of Islamic tradition and history are now crucial.

Flora Geyer's informative, accessible book tells the story of the Crusades from a Muslim point of view. The narrative follows Saladin from his birth into a prominent Kurdish family in Tikrit, Mesopotamia, in 1138. His formative military career leads to Saladin's appointment as vizier of Egypt at 31. After revitalizing the Egyptian economy, Saladin initiates campaigns against smaller Muslim states, eventually uniting Islamic forces and dispelling rivalries that had long hampered the Muslim resistance to the Crusades. Inspired by intense devotion to jihad, or "holy war," Saladin's army recaptures the holy city of Jerusalem after 88 years of Christian occupation.

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Children's Literature - Karen Leggett
This biography has all the marks of excellence one expects in a National Geographic publication—authoritative information presented in a colorful, approachable style. The layout includes bolded paragraphs, small boxes of text, a time line running along the bottom margin, and a sprinkling of two-page spreads with maps, photos and discussions about related people or ideas (Fatamid Egypt, leaders of the Crusades, the Middle East in Saladin's time). The story opens with action, a palace assassination in Tikrit, Iraq, birthplace of the Kurdish Saladin. Many of the locations will now be familiar to American readers, including Tikrit, Mosul (which gave its name to the fabric still known as "muslin"), and Damascus. Interspersed with Saladin's lively and heroic life is the belief that all children are gifts from God but that, culturally, sons are prized because they could earn money to care for their parents. The illustrations include photos of mosques and landscapes, but there are also many ancient paintings with excellent explanatory captions that breathe some life into this often inscrutable medieval art. The series includes biographies of Alexander the Great, the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut, Gandhi, Elizabeth I, Galileo, Nelson Mandela, Leonardo da Vince, Marie Curie, and Michelangelo. Each title includes a glossary, additional resources and a thorough index.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780792255352
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 7/11/2006
  • Series: NG World History Biographies Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.13 (w) x 10.13 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Flora Geyer studied history at Cambridge University. She lives in England.
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