Saladin: All-Powerful Sultan and the Uniter of Islam

Saladin: All-Powerful Sultan and the Uniter of Islam

by Stanley Lane-Poole

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Saladin: All-Powerful Sultan and the Uniter of Islam by Stanley Lane-Poole

Celebrated in romances from the Middle Ages to the Victorian Era—and the subject of contemporary studies and novels—Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub, also known as Saladin (c. 1138-1193), is best known in the West for his battles with Richard the Lionheart during the Third Crusade. More than a powerful and chivalrous warrior, Saladin was also a skillful leader who forged a unified empire from the squabbling nations of the Middle East, turning the Muslim armies into a fighting force that retook the Kingdom of Jerusalem from the Crusaders. Lane-Poole's biography of the storied sultan analyzes records by Saladin's Christian and Muslim contemporaries to reveal the man behind the many legends. The portrait Lane-Poole creates is of a ruler who avoided luxuries, showed remarkable mercy toward his enemies (with the exception of the Knights Templars and the treacherous Reginald of Chatillon), and was openly admired even by the Crusaders who warred against him. Saladin covers Saladin's boyhood as a Kurdish outsider in Egypt, his astounding victory at the Battle of Hittin (which turned the tide of the Crusades), and his subsequent melees with Richard in the Holy Land. Though originally published in 1898, Lane-Poole's insightful and open-minded book remains the definitive work in the English language on Saladin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815412342
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Edition description: 1ST COOPER
Pages: 504
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Stanley Lane-Poole (1854-1931) was the author of The Story of the Moors in Spain, The Speeches and Table Talk of Muhammad, and other books on the history of the Islamic world.

Table of Contents

Principal Authoritiesxvii
List of Illustrationsxxiii
Part I.Introductory
Chapter I.Saladin's World3
Chapter II.The First Crusade, 109824
Chapter III.The Harbinger, 112735
Chapter IV.The Fall of Edessa, 1127-114447
Part II.Egypt, 1138-1174
Chapter V.Saladin's Youth, 1138-116465
Chapter VI.The Conquest of Egypt, 1164-116977
Chapter VII.Vezir of Egypt, 1169-117198
Chapter VIII.Saladin at Cairo, 1171-1173111
Part III.Empire, 1174-1186
Chapter IX.The Conquest of Syria, 1174-1176131
Chapter X.Truces and Treaties, 1176-1181147
Chapter XI.The Conquest of Mesopotamia, 1181-1183164
Chapter XII.Damascus, 1183-1186175
Part IV.The Holy War, 1187-1191
Chapter XIII.The Battle of Hittin, 1187197
Chapter XIV.Jerusalem Regained, 1187217
Chapter XV.The Rally at Tyre, 1187-1188235
Chapter XVI.The Battle of Acre, 1189251
Chapter XVII.The Siege of Acre, 1189-1191265
Part V.Richard and Saladin, 1191-1192
Chapter XVIII.The Loss of Acre, 1191281
Chapter XIX.The Coast March, Aug.-Sept., 1191300
Chapter XX.In Sight of Jerusalem, Sept., 1191-July, 1192324
Chapter XXI.The Last Fight at Jaffa, 1192343
Chapter XXII.At Rest, 1192-1193358
Chapter XXIII.Saladin in Romance378

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