Saladin, born Salāh ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb was an Iraqian man who took over the Frankish nations for the Muslim and Arab movement. While he took over Jerusalem and defeated the Crusaders, he was also respected by them. They saw him as a perfect example of chivalry. While he conquered many countries, such as Damascus and Homs,  he was  extremely loyal. He obeyed the teachings of Islam no matter the cost and was very honorable in victory.

His road to fame wasn’t all easy.  He even had to fight a war against his own people. While he was out fighting a war, his own ally started spreading rumors that Saladin was disobeying the Islamic teachings. Saladin then ended the siege he was in and won a battle against the Crusaders. He had lots of forms of power. He had power as the leader of his country, power as the leader of the military and physical power. He was also very loyal toward his fellow Muslims. When he was trying to take over Jerusalem, the leaders gave him terms of surrender, but only if certain condition were met. He originally refused, but agreed post-haste when Jerusalem said that it would massacre all Muslims currently living there, 5000 at the time, and destroy all monuments to Islam.

All in all, Saladin used his power for good. He was a much respected leader who was considered by his enemies as a good example of chivalry. Is there really anything else that needs to be said?

– by Conor Wharton, 10ENG


14 thoughts on “Saladin

  1. Correct the ethnicity: There was not such a thing as Iraq in those days. That is a modern country. Saladin was as a muslim kurd.

  2. I am doing a deep study on Saladin and this text would be most useful to you and any other readers that may come upon your blog.

    The following text , even tough accurate in context, storyline, characters and period has been rewritten by the author. DO NOT quote this text as original historical source. It is not.

    Author: Luis Lopez.
    Date: 01, Sep, 2014
    Free to use and repost, credit is appreciated but not required.
    Based on the entry of the biography of Saladin as writen by Bahā’ ad-Dīn


    The story, as told by the kurdish muslim historian Bahā’ ad-Dīn in what is considered one of the most accurate biographical accounts of the medieval era by scholars today, tells that after the Fall of Jerusalem to the troops of the kurdish muslim knight Saladin during the Third Crusade , Frankish people of the Kingdom of Jerusalem were stationed outside the city as they prepared to leave forever upon receiving safe passage to the sea from Saladin. A woman was overtaken by hysteria and tears because her baby had been stolen by a muslim soldier and sold in the slave markets. Encouraged by the defeated troops who knew Saladin to be a more righteous ruler than some of their own leaders, she pleaded with him to help her recover the baby. Saladin got off his horse and ordered the muslim who had bought the baby be brought to him. Since the buyer had no knowledge where the baby had came from and not wanting to neither offend him nor provoque him to lose his money, rather than ordering the child be returned Saladin took a few gold coins from his own purse and bought the child back. He handed the baby to the Frankish woman who cried of joy. The child, hungry from the ordeal and having not been fed for a day begun suckling on her breasts right away. , There she sat on the ground completely absorbed on her feeding baby. Both christian and muslims soldiers witness to this event wept openly. The sight of this mother feeding her beloved child moved Saladin and he gestured one his aids to bring a horse and help the woman get on it so she and the baby could ride instead of walk all the to the waiting ships on the coast that would take them back to France and into safety.

    Upon arriving to France and England survivors of Jerusalem, soldiers nobles, knights and even Richard Lionheart himself retold stories about Saladin like this and the word quickly spread throughout the Western world. Saladin became the source of admiration and deep respect even as he was the leader of the very army that had defeated them. In years to come many christian rulers, nobles, generals and knights would look upon Saladin and his life as an example of the sort of ruler they should try to become, although most never even came close.

    Every conquering army who has ever entered Mosul in Iraq where Saladin is buried has visited his mausoleum to pay respect to his memory. To this very day it is one of the few places in that part of city and that part of the world that remains untouched by war as nobody would ever dare disturb the resting place of such a great general, leader and man.

  3. I think there is an error about Saladin’s ethnicity. He was a Kurd according to all sources. Even the lastest Arab documantery made by Al-Jazeera said he was Kurd. But lots of muslim historians didn’t like Kurds so they always try to say He was an Iraqi, Syrian or Turkish. However all sources claims he was from the Eyoubid family which roots to is modern day Kurdistan also known as Iraqi Kurdistan.

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