The rise of Saladin to power in Egypt is a chapter of both Mediterranean and Islamic history. In the period covered by this study, the second half of the twelfth century, profound changes took place in the Eastern Mediterranean affecting the history of the region.
The book is divided into two parts. The first deals with the rise of Saladin to power in Egypt (1169-1174) and offers a new interpretation for the demise of the Fatimid state. The second part deals with topics such as the formation of Saladin's army in Egypt, the creation of the navy and the role of the navy in the battle for Acre. The author also addresses topics such as the religious policies of Saladin in Egypt and his attitudes toward the non-Muslim communities.
About the Author
Yaacov Lev, Ph.D., University of Manchester, is Senior Lecturer in Islamic medieval history, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Recent publications include State and Society in Fatimid Egypt (Brill, 1991), and a collection of articles edited by him on War and Society in the Eastern Mediterranean, 7th-15th Centuries (Brill, 1997).
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
1. The Sources
2. Saladin in Egypt, 1169-1174
3. The Consolidation of Saladin's Rule
4. The Army
5. The Navy
6. The Non-Muslim Communities