Saladin’s early lifePosted: November 4, 2011
Salah-ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub aka Saladin as we know him was another of the many great military leaders of the crusades. He was born in 1138, Tekrit, Iraq to a Kurdish family. As a child, he turned more towards religion and education rather than war. His father was a governor and military officer in the service of Ima ad Din Zengi and Nur ad Din.
Later, Saladin joined his uncle’s military staff and joined him in 3 campaigns to stop Egypt from falling into Crusader hands.After his fathers and uncles death, he eventually became the vizier of Egypt and the leader of the Syrian army. Using his power and talents, he eventually brought Palestine, Syria, and Yemen, and northern Mesopotamia under his control. He then started warring against the Crusader armies, his actions galvanized by his jihad, or holy war.
On July the 4th, 1187, he slaughtered an army of tired and thirsty crusaders at the Horns of Hattin, due to his strategy and dynamic leadership. This caused a huge blow to the Crusader army and allowed the Muslims to reclaim most of the kingdom of Jerusalem. He then reclaimed other areas such as Acre, Jaffa, and Nazareth. But the most glorious moment was when he recaptured the city of Jerusalem from 88 years of rule by the Franks.
This counterattack shook Europe, only 3 cities remained in the hands of the crusaders, one of which was Tyre, which Saladin couldn’t conquer. This sparked a new crusade, bringing his new foe, Richard the Lionheart.
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