Saladin: The Politics of the Holy War

Saladin: The Politics of the Holy War

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Saladin: The Politics of the Holy War

A classic study of Saladin, the scourge of the crusaders, who during the 12th century imposed unity on his dominions, retook Jerusalem, and for a time resisted the Third Crusade. He was a brilliant military leader, a diplomat, politician and administrator who earned a reputation for honesty and chivalry. Lyons and Jackson use many souces including private and official correspondance of Saladin's own court to give a detailed examination of Saladin's career and discuss what his manipulation of power revealed about the structure and society of Islam.

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ISBN-13: 9780521317399
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2005
Series: University of Cambridge Oriental Publications Series , #30
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 468
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; 1. Early adventures; 2. Vizier of Egypt; 3. Lord of Egypt; 4. The shadow of Syria; 5. Independence; 6. From Egypt to Syria; 7. War and diplomacy; 8. Egyptian interlude; 9. Defeat and difficulties; 10. Consolidation and expansion; 11. Opportunities; 12. The capture of Aleppo; 13. Empire-building and the Holy War; 14. The end of empire; 15. Preparations; 16. Hattin; 17. The capture of Jerusalem; 18. Success and failure; 19. Crusaders at Acre; 20. The fall of Acre; 21. Stalemate; 22. Conclusion; Plan of Cairo; Maps; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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