The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin

The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin

With Jonathan Phillips, Royal Holloway, University of London. As the man who conquered Jerusalem from the crusaders the Sultan Saladin became the hero of medieval Islam; down the centuries his image and reputation have blossomed and today he holds a remarkably high profile in the contemporary culture and politics of the Near East. The lecture will illustrate how this Kurdish warrior drew together a confederation of forces from Egypt, Syria and Iraq to build a family empire and to set himself up as Islam’s leading holy warrior. A rich blend of poetry, narratives and medical texts bring this remarkable story to life, showcasing Saladin’s acute political judgement and highlighting his personal charisma through his generosity, piety and mercy. His conquest of Jerusalem (in 1187) struck a mortal blow to Christendom and provoked the Third Crusade, led by Richard the Lionheart. These two great leaders fought one another to a standstill, but Saladin succeeded in holding on to Jerusalem for Isl

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