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Saladin and Guy de Lusignan after battle of Hattin in 1187. Source: Public Domain

Saladin - Conqueror of the Kingdom of Heaven (Video)


Saladin, known as the "Conqueror of the Kingdom of Heaven," emerges from history as a figure of profound complexity and greatness. Born in 1137 in modern-day Iraq, he navigated the tumultuous political landscape of the 12th-century Islamic world. Little is known of his early years, but he likely received a comprehensive education in Quranic studies and religious sciences, setting the stage for his future endeavors.

The loss of Jerusalem to the Crusaders ignited Saladin's fervor for religion and justice. Under the tutelage of his uncle Shirkuh, a distinguished military commander, Saladin honed his skills on the battlefield, notably demonstrating strategic brilliance in the Battle of Al-Babain.

Saladin's ascension to power in Egypt marked a pivotal moment, as he maneuvered through political intrigue and military challenges to consolidate his authority. His transformative leadership included shifting Egypt's official faith from Shia to Sunni and rebuilding the military.

His clashes with the Assassins, a formidable religious order, underscored his challenges in unifying the Muslim world under his banner. Yet, through alliances and strategic maneuvers, Saladin overcame these obstacles.

The pinnacle of Saladin's legacy lies in his confrontation with the Crusaders, culminating in the pivotal Battle of Hattin. Here, Saladin's military acumen and valor secured a decisive victory, reshaping the geopolitical landscape of the Holy Land.

The subsequent clash with Richard the Lionheart during the Third Crusade epitomized Saladin's enduring legacy as a skilled military strategist and statesman. His reputation for chivalry and honor, coupled with his military prowess, solidified his status as a leader of unparalleled stature in history.

Top image: Saladin and Guy de Lusignan after battle of Hattin in 1187. Source: Public Domain

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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