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An-Nasir
An-Nasir
Salah ad-Din Yusuf
Yusuf
ibn Ayyub (Arabic: صلاح الدين يوسف بن أيوب‎ / ALA-LC: Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb; Kurdish: سەلاحەدینی ئەییووبی‎ / ALA-LC: Selahedînê Eyûbî), known as Salah ad-Din or Saladin (/ˈsælədɪn/; 1137 – 4 March 1193), was the first sultan of Egypt
Egypt
and Syria[4] and the founder of the Ayyubid
Ayyubid
dynasty. A Sunni Muslim of Kurdish ethnicity,[5][6][7] Saladin
Saladin
led the Muslim military campaign against the Crusader states in the Levant. At the height of his power, his sultanate included Egypt, Syria, Upper Mesopotamia, the Hejaz, Yemen
Yemen
and other parts of North Africa. Originally sent to Fatimid
Fatimid
Egypt
Egypt
in 1164 accompanying his uncle Shirkuh, a general of the Zengid
Zengid
army, on orders of their lord Nur ad-Din, an atabeg of the Seljuks, to consolidate Shawar amid his ongoing power struggle for vizier to the teenage Fatimid
Fatimid
caliph al-Adid. With Shawar reinstated as vizier, he engaged in a power struggle with Shirkuh, which saw the former realigning himself with Crusader king Amalric. Saladin
Saladin
climbed the ranks of the Fatimid government by virtue of his military successes against Crusader assaults against its territory and his personal closeness to al-Adid. With Shawar assassinated in 1169 and Shirkuh's natural death later that year, al-Adid appointed Saladin
Saladin
vizier, a rare nomination of a Sunni Muslim
Sunni Muslim
to such an important position in the Isma'ili Shia caliphate. During his tenure as vizier, Saladin
Saladin
began to undermine the Fatimid
Fatimid
establishment and, following al-Adid's death in 1171, he abolished the Fatimid Caliphate
Fatimid Caliphate
and realigned the country's allegiance with the Sunni, Baghdad-based Abbasid
Abbasid
Caliphate. In the following years, he led forays against the Crusaders
Crusaders
in Palestine, commissioned the successful conquest of Yemen, and staved off pro- Fatimid
Fatimid
rebellions in Upper Egypt. Not long after Nur ad-Din's death in 1174, Saladin
Saladin
launched his conquest of Syria, peacefully entering Damascus
Damascus
at the request of its governor. By mid-1175, Saladin had conquered Hama
Hama
and Homs, inviting the animosity of other Zengid lords, the official rulers of Syria's various regions. Soon after, he defeated the Zengid
Zengid
army at the Battle of the Horns of Hama
Hama
and was thereafter proclaimed the " Sultan of Egypt
Sultan of Egypt
and Syria" by the Abbasid caliph al-Mustadi. Saladin
Saladin
made further conquests in northern Syria and Jazira, escaping two attempts on his life by the "Assassins", before returning to Egypt
Egypt
in 1177 to address issues there. By 1182, Saladin
Saladin
had completed the conquest of Muslim Syria
Syria
after capturing Aleppo, but ultimately failed to take over the Zengid
Zengid
stronghold of Mosul.[8] Under Saladin's command, the Ayyubid
Ayyubid
army defeated the Crusaders
Crusaders
at the decisive Battle of Hattin
Battle of Hattin
in 1187, and thereafter wrested control of Palestine – including the city of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
– from the Crusaders, who had conquered the area 88 years earlier. Although the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem
Kingdom of Jerusalem
continued to exist until the late 13th century, its defeat at Hattin
Hattin
marked a turning point in its conflict with the Muslim powers of the region. Saladin
Saladin
died in Damascus
Damascus
in 1193, having given away much of his personal wealth to his subjects. He is buried in a mausoleum adjacent to the Umayyad Mosque. Saladin has become a prominent figure in Muslim, Arab, Turkish and Kurdish culture,[9] and he has often been described as being the most famous Kurd in history.[10][11][12][13]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Early expeditions 3 In Egypt

3.1 Vizier
Vizier
of Egypt 3.2 Sultan
Sultan
of Egypt

4 Conquest of Syria

4.1 Conquest of Damascus 4.2 Further conquests in Syria 4.3 Campaign against the Assassins

5 Return to Cairo
Cairo
and forays in Palestine

5.1 Battles and truce with Baldwin

6 Domestic affairs 7 Imperial expansions

7.1 Conquest of Mesopotamian hinterland 7.2 Possession of Aleppo 7.3 Fight for Mosul

8 Wars against Crusaders

8.1 Capture of Jerusalem 8.2 Third Crusade

9 Death 10 Family 11 Recognition and legacy

11.1 Western world 11.2 Muslim world

12 See also 13 References 14 Bibliography

14.1 Primary sources 14.2 Secondary sources

15 Further reading 16 External links

Early life

Drawing of the central square of the ancient city Dvin

Saladin
Saladin
was born in Tikrit
Tikrit
in modern-day Iraq. His personal name was "Yusuf"; "Salah ad-Din" is a laqab, an honorific epithet, meaning "Righteousness of the Faith."[14] His family was of Kurdish ancestry,[5] and had originated from the city of Dvin in medieval Armenia.[15][16] The Rawadiya tribe he hailed from had been partially assimilated into the Arabic-speaking world by this time.[17] In 1132, the defeated army of Imad ad-Din Zengi, the ruler of Mosul, found their retreat blocked by the Tigris River
Tigris River
opposite the fortress of Tikrit, where Saladin's father, Najm ad-Din Ayyub served as the warden. Ayyub provided ferries for the army and gave them refuge in Tikrit. Mujahed al-Din Bihruz, a former Greek slave who had been appointed as the military governor of northern Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
for his service to the Seljuks, reprimanded Ayyub for giving Zengi refuge and in 1137 banished Ayyub from Tikrit
Tikrit
after his brother Asad al-Din Shirkuh
Shirkuh
killed a friend of Bihruz in an honour killing. According to Baha ad-Din ibn Shaddad, Saladin
Saladin
was born on the same night that his family left Tikrit. In 1139, Ayyub and his family moved to Mosul, where Imad ad-Din Zengi acknowledged his debt and appointed Ayyub commander of his fortress in Baalbek. After the death of Zengi in 1146, his son, Nur ad-Din, became the regent of Aleppo
Aleppo
and the leader of the Zengids.[18] Saladin, who now lived in Damascus, was reported to have a particular fondness for the city, but information on his early childhood is scarce.[19] About education, Saladin
Saladin
wrote "children are brought up in the way in which their elders were brought up." According to his biographers, Anne-Marie Eddé[20] and al-Wahrani, Saladin
Saladin
was able to answer questions on Euclid, the Almagest, arithmetic, and law, but this was an academic ideal and it was study of the Qur'an
Qur'an
and the "sciences of religion" that linked him to his contemporaries.[18] Several sources claim that during his studies he was more interested in religion than joining the military.[21] Another factor which may have affected his interest in religion was that, during the First Crusade, Jerusalem
Jerusalem
was taken by the Christians.[21] In addition to Islam, Saladin
Saladin
had a knowledge of the genealogies, biographies, and histories of the Arabs, as well as the bloodlines of Arabian horses. More significantly, he knew the Hamasah of Abu Tammam
Abu Tammam
by heart.[18] He spoke Kurdish and Arabic.[22] Early expeditions

Equestrian statue of Saladin
Saladin
in the Citadel, Damascus, Syria

Saladin's military career began under the tutelage of his uncle Asad al-Din Shirkuh, a prominent military commander under Nur ad-Din, the Zengid
Zengid
emir of Damascus
Damascus
and Aleppo
Aleppo
and the most influential teacher of Saladin. In 1163, the vizier to the Fatimid
Fatimid
caliph al-Adid, Shawar, had been driven out of Egypt
Egypt
by his rival Dirgham, a member of the powerful Banu Ruzzaik tribe. He asked for military backing from Nur ad-Din, who complied and, in 1164, sent Shirkuh
Shirkuh
to aid Shawar in his expedition against Dirgham. Saladin, at age 26, went along with them.[23] After Shawar was successfully reinstated as vizier, he demanded that Shirkuh
Shirkuh
withdraw his army from Egypt
Egypt
for a sum of 30,000 gold dinars, but he refused, insisting it was Nur ad-Din's will that he remain. Saladin's role in this expedition was minor, and it is known that he was ordered by Shirkuh
Shirkuh
to collect stores from Bilbais prior to its siege by a combined force of Crusaders
Crusaders
and Shawar's troops.[24] After the sacking of Bilbais, the Crusader-Egyptian force and Shirkuh's army were to engage in a battle on the desert border of the River Nile, just west of Giza. Saladin
Saladin
played a major role, commanding the right wing of the Zengid
Zengid
army, while a force of Kurds
Kurds
commanded the left, and Shirkuh
Shirkuh
was stationed in the center. Muslim sources at the time, however, put Saladin
Saladin
in the "baggage of the centre" with orders to lure the enemy into a trap by staging a feigned retreat. The Crusader force enjoyed early success against Shirkuh's troops, but the terrain was too steep and sandy for their horses, and commander Hugh of Caesarea was captured while attacking Saladin's unit. After scattered fighting in little valleys to the south of the main position, the Zengid
Zengid
central force returned to the offensive; Saladin joined in from the rear.[25] The battle ended in a Zengid
Zengid
victory, and Saladin
Saladin
is credited with having helped Shirkuh
Shirkuh
in one of the "most remarkable victories in recorded history", according to Ibn al-Athir, although more of Shirkuh's men were killed and the battle is considered by most sources as not a total victory. Saladin
Saladin
and Shirkuh
Shirkuh
moved towards Alexandria where they were welcomed, given money, arms and provided a base.[26] Faced by a superior Crusader-Egyptian force attempting to besiege the city, Shirkuh
Shirkuh
split his army. He and the bulk of his force withdrew from Alexandria, while Saladin
Saladin
was left with the task of guarding the city.[27] In Egypt Main article: Saladin
Saladin
in Egypt Vizier
Vizier
of Egypt

Saladin's battles in Egypt

Shirkuh
Shirkuh
was in a power struggle over Egypt
Egypt
with Shawar and Amalric I of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, in which Shawar requested Amalric's assistance. In 1169, Shawar was reportedly assassinated by Saladin, and Shirkuh
Shirkuh
died later that year.[28] Nur ad-Din chose a successor for Shirkuh, but al-Adid appointed Saladin
Saladin
to replace Shawar as vizier.[29] The reasoning behind the Shia
Shia
caliph al-Adid's selection of Saladin, a Sunni, varies. Ibn al-Athir claims that the caliph chose him after being told by his advisers that "there is no one weaker or younger" than Saladin, and "not one of the emirs [commanders] obeyed him or served him". However, according to this version, after some bargaining, he was eventually accepted by the majority of the emirs. Al-Adid's advisers were also suspected of promoting Saladin
Saladin
in an attempt to split the Syria-based Zengids. Al-Wahrani wrote that Saladin
Saladin
was selected because of the reputation of his family in their "generosity and military prowess". Imad ad-Din wrote that after the brief mourning period for Shirkuh, during which "opinions differed", the Zengid
Zengid
emirs decided upon Saladin
Saladin
and forced the caliph to "invest him as vizier". Although positions were complicated by rival Muslim leaders, the bulk of the Syrian commanders supported Saladin
Saladin
because of his role in the Egyptian expedition, in which he gained a record of military qualifications.[30] Inaugurated as vizier on 26 March, Saladin
Saladin
repented "wine-drinking and turned from frivolity to assume the dress of religion", according to Arabic sources of the time.[31] Having gained more power and independence than ever before in his career, he still faced the issue of ultimate loyalty between al-Adid and Nur ad-Din. Later in the year, a group of Egyptian soldiers and emirs attempted to assassinate Saladin, but having already known of their intentions thanks to his intelligence chief Ali ibn Safyan, he had the chief conspirator, Naji, Mu'tamin al-Khilafa—the civilian controller of the Fatimid Palace—arrested and killed. The day after, 50,000 Black African soldiers from the regiments of the Fatimid
Fatimid
army opposed to Saladin's rule, along with a number of Egyptian emirs and commoners, staged a revolt. By 23 August, Saladin
Saladin
had decisively quelled the uprising, and never again had to face a military challenge from Cairo.[32] Towards the end of 1169, Saladin, with reinforcements from Nur ad-Din, defeated a massive Crusader-Byzantine force near Damietta. Afterward, in the spring of 1170, Nur ad-Din sent Saladin's father to Egypt
Egypt
in compliance with Saladin's request, as well as encouragement from the Baghdad-based Abbasid
Abbasid
caliph, al-Mustanjid, who aimed to pressure Saladin
Saladin
in deposing his rival caliph, al-Adid.[33] Saladin
Saladin
himself had been strengthening his hold on Egypt
Egypt
and widening his support base there. He began granting his family members high-ranking positions in the region; he ordered the construction of a college for the Maliki branch of Sunni Islam
Sunni Islam
in the city, as well as one for the Shafi'i denomination to which he belonged in al-Fustat.[34] After establishing himself in Egypt, Saladin
Saladin
launched a campaign against the Crusaders, besieging Darum in 1170.[35] Amalric withdrew his Templar garrison from Gaza to assist him in defending Darum, but Saladin
Saladin
evaded their force and fell on Gaza instead. He destroyed the town built outside the city's castle and killed most of its inhabitants after they were refused entry into the castle.[36] It is unclear exactly when, but during that same year, he attacked and captured the Crusader castle of Eilat, built on an island off the head of the Gulf of Aqaba. It did not pose a threat to the passage of the Muslim navy, but could harass smaller parties of Muslim ships and Saladin
Saladin
decided to clear it from his path.[35] Sultan
Sultan
of Egypt

Saladin
Saladin
as depicted on a dirham coin, ca. 1190

According to Imad ad-Din, Nur ad-Din wrote to Saladin
Saladin
in June 1171, telling him to reestablish the Abbasid
Abbasid
caliphate in Egypt, which Saladin
Saladin
coordinated two months later after additional encouragement by Najm ad-Din al-Khabushani, the Shafi'i
Shafi'i
faqih, who vehemently opposed Shia
Shia
rule in the country. Several Egyptian emirs were thus killed, but al-Adid was told that they were killed for rebelling against him. He then fell ill, or was poisoned according to one account. While ill, he asked Saladin
Saladin
to pay him a visit to request that he take care of his young children, but Saladin
Saladin
refused, fearing treachery against the Abbasids, and is said to have regretted his action after realizing what al-Adid had wanted.[37] He died on 13 September, and five days later, the Abbasid
Abbasid
khutba was pronounced in Cairo
Cairo
and al-Fustat, proclaiming al-Mustadi as caliph.[38] On 25 September, Saladin
Saladin
left Cairo
Cairo
to take part in a joint attack on Kerak
Kerak
and Montreal, the desert castles of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, with Nur ad-Din who would attack from Syria. Prior to arriving at Montreal, Saladin
Saladin
however withdrew back to Cairo
Cairo
as he received the reports that in his absence the Crusader leaders had increased their support to the traitors inside Egypt
Egypt
to attack Saladin
Saladin
from within and lessen his power especially the Fatimid
Fatimid
who started plotting to restore their past glory. Because of this, Nur ad-Din went on alone.[39] During the summer of 1173, a Nubian army along with a contingent of Armenian refugees were reported on the Egyptian border, preparing for a siege against Aswan. The emir of the city had requested Saladin's assistance and was given reinforcements under Turan-Shah, Saladin's brother. Consequently, the Nubians departed; but returned in 1173 and were again driven off. This time, Egyptian forces advanced from Aswan and captured the Nubian town of Ibrim. Saladin
Saladin
sent a gift to Nur ad-Din, who had been his friend and teacher, 60,000 dinars, "wonderful manufactured goods", some jewels, and an elephant. While transporting these goods to Damascus, Saladin
Saladin
took the opportunity to ravage the Crusader countryside. He did not press an attack against the desert castles, but attempted to drive out the Muslim Bedouins who lived in Crusader territory with the aim of depriving the Franks of guides.[40] On 31 July 1173, Saladin's father Ayyub was wounded in a horse-riding accident, ultimately causing his death on 9 August.[41] In 1174, Saladin
Saladin
sent Turan-Shah to conquer Yemen
Yemen
to allocate it and its port Aden
Aden
to the territories of the Ayyubid
Ayyubid
Dynasty. Conquest of Syria Conquest of Damascus In the early summer of 1174, Nur ad-Din was mustering an army, sending summons to Mosul, Diyar Bakr, and the Jazira in an apparent preparation of attack against Saladin's Egypt. The Ayyubids held a council upon the revelation of these preparations to discuss the possible threat and Saladin
Saladin
collected his own troops outside Cairo. On 15 May, Nur ad-Din died after falling ill the previous week and his power was handed to his eleven-year-old son as-Salih Ismail al-Malik. His death left Saladin
Saladin
with political independence and in a letter to as-Salih, he promised to "act as a sword" against his enemies and referred to the death of his father as an "earthquake shock".[42] In the wake of Nur ad-Din's death, Saladin
Saladin
faced a difficult decision; he could move his army against the Crusaders
Crusaders
from Egypt
Egypt
or wait until invited by as-Salih in Syria
Syria
to come to his aid and launch a war from there. He could also take it upon himself to annex Syria
Syria
before it could possibly fall into the hands of a rival, but he feared that attacking a land that formerly belonged to his master—forbidden in the Islamic principles in which he believed—could portray him as hypocritical, thus making him unsuitable for leading the war against the Crusaders. Saladin
Saladin
saw that in order to acquire Syria, he either needed an invitation from as-Salih, or to warn him that potential anarchy could give rise to danger from the Crusaders.[43] When as-Salih was removed to Aleppo
Aleppo
in August, Gumushtigin, the emir of the city and a captain of Nur ad-Din's veterans, assumed the guardianship over him. The emir prepared to unseat all his rivals in Syria
Syria
and the Jazira, beginning with Damascus. In this emergency, the emir of Damascus
Damascus
appealed to Saif al-Din of Mosul
Mosul
(a cousin of Gumushtigin) for assistance against Aleppo, but he refused, forcing the Syrians to request the aid of Saladin, who complied.[44] Saladin rode across the desert with 700 picked horsemen, passing through al- Kerak
Kerak
then reaching Bosra. According to his own account, was joined by "emirs, soldiers, and Bedouins—the emotions of their hearts to be seen on their faces."[45] On 23 November, he arrived in Damascus
Damascus
amid general acclamation and rested at his father's old home there, until the gates of the Citadel
Citadel
of Damascus,[44] whose commander Raihan initially refused to surrender, were opened to Saladin
Saladin
four days later, after a brief siege by his brother Tughtakin ibn Ayyub.[46] He installed himself in the castle and received the homage and salutations of the inhabitants.[44] Further conquests in Syria

19th-century depiction of a victorious Saladin, by Gustave Doré

Leaving his brother Tughtigin as Governor of Damascus, Saladin proceeded to reduce other cities that had belonged to Nur al-Din, but were now practically independent. His army conquered Hamah
Hamah
with relative ease, but avoided attacking Homs
Homs
because of the strength of its citadel.[47] Saladin
Saladin
moved north towards Aleppo, besieging it on 30 December after Gumushtigin refused to abdicate his throne.[48] As-Salih, fearing capture by Saladin, came out of his palace and appealed to the inhabitants not to surrender him and the city to the invading force. One of Saladin's chroniclers claimed "the people came under his spell".[49] Gumushtigin requested Rashid ad-Din Sinan, grand-master of the Assassins
Assassins
of Syria, who were already at odds with Saladin
Saladin
since he replaced the Fatimids of Egypt, to assassinate Saladin
Saladin
in his camp.[50] On 11 May 1175, a group of thirteen Assassins
Assassins
easily gained admission into Saladin's camp, but were detected immediately before they carried out their attack by Nasih al-Din Khumartekin of Abu Qubays. One was killed by one of Saladin's generals and the others were slain while trying to escape.[49][51][52] To deter Saladin's progress, Raymond of Tripoli gathered his forces by Nahr al-Kabir, where they were well placed for an attack on Muslim territory. Saladin later moved toward Homs
Homs
instead, but retreated after being told a relief force was being sent to the city by Saif al-Din.[53][54] Meanwhile, Saladin's rivals in Syria
Syria
and Jazira waged a propaganda war against him, claiming he had "forgotten his own condition [servant of Nur ad-Din]" and showed no gratitude for his old master by besieging his son, rising "in rebellion against his Lord". Saladin
Saladin
aimed to counter this propaganda by ending the siege, claiming that he was defending Islam from the Crusaders; his army returned to Hama
Hama
to engage a Crusader force there. The Crusaders
Crusaders
withdrew beforehand and Saladin
Saladin
proclaimed it "a victory opening the gates of men's hearts".[53] Soon after, Saladin
Saladin
entered Homs
Homs
and captured its citadel in March 1175, after stubborn resistance from its defenders.[55] Saladin's successes alarmed Saif al-Din. As head of the Zengids, including Gumushtigin, he regarded Syria
Syria
and Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
as his family estate and was angered when Saladin
Saladin
attempted to usurp his dynasty's holdings. Saif al-Din mustered a large army and dispatched it to Aleppo, whose defenders anxiously had awaited them. The combined forces of Mosul
Mosul
and Aleppo
Aleppo
marched against Saladin
Saladin
in Hama. Heavily outnumbered, Saladin
Saladin
initially attempted to make terms with the Zengids
Zengids
by abandoning all conquests north of the Damascus
Damascus
province, but they refused, insisting he return to Egypt. Seeing that confrontation was unavoidable, Saladin
Saladin
prepared for battle, taking up a superior position at the Horns of Hama, hills by the gorge of the Orontes River. On 13 April 1175, the Zengid
Zengid
troops marched to attack his forces, but soon found themselves surrounded by Saladin's Ayyubid veterans, who crushed them. The battle ended in a decisive victory for Saladin, who pursued the Zengid
Zengid
fugitives to the gates of Aleppo, forcing as-Salih's advisers to recognize Saladin's control of the provinces of Damascus, Homs
Homs
and Hama, as well as a number of towns outside Aleppo
Aleppo
such as Ma'arat al-Numan.[56] After his victory against the Zengids, Saladin
Saladin
proclaimed himself king and suppressed the name of as-Salih in Friday prayers and Islamic coinage. From then on, he ordered prayers in all the mosques of Syria and Egypt
Egypt
as the sovereign king and he issued at the Cairo
Cairo
mint gold coins bearing his official title—al-Malik an-Nasir Yusuf
Yusuf
Ayyub, ala ghaya "the King Strong to Aid, Joseph son of Job; exalted be the standard." The Abbasid
Abbasid
caliph in Baghdad
Baghdad
graciously welcomed Saladin's assumption of power and declared him " Sultan of Egypt
Sultan of Egypt
and Syria". The Battle of Hama
Hama
did not end the contest for power between the Ayyubids and the Zengids, with the final confrontation occurring in the spring of 1176. Saladin
Saladin
had gathered massive reinforcements from Egypt
Egypt
while Saif al-Din was levying troops among the minor states of Diyarbakir and al-Jazira.[57] When Saladin
Saladin
crossed the Orontes, leaving Hama, the sun was eclipsed. He viewed this as an omen, but he continued his march north. He reached the Sultan's Mound, c. 25 km from Aleppo, where his forces encountered Saif al-Din's army. A hand-to-hand fight ensued and the Zengids
Zengids
managed to plow Saladin's left wing, driving it before him, when Saladin
Saladin
himself charged at the head of the Zengid guard. The Zengid
Zengid
forces panicked and most of Saif al-Din's officers ended up being killed or captured—Saif al-Din narrowly escaped. The Zengid
Zengid
army's camp, horses, baggage, tents and stores were seized by the Ayyubids. The Zengid
Zengid
prisoners of war, however, were given gifts and freed. All of the booty from the Ayyubid
Ayyubid
victory was accorded to the army, Saladin
Saladin
not keeping anything himself.[58] He continued towards Aleppo, which still closed its gates to him, halting before the city. On the way, his army took Buza'a, then captured Manbij. From there, they headed west to besiege the fortress of A'zaz
A'zaz
on 15 May. Several days later, while Saladin
Saladin
was resting in one of his captain's tents, an assassin rushed forward at him and struck at his head with a knife. The cap of his head armour was not penetrated and he managed to grip the assassin's hand—the dagger only slashing his gambeson—and the assailant was soon killed. Saladin
Saladin
was unnerved at the attempt on his life, which he accused Gumushtugin and the Assassins
Assassins
of plotting, and so increased his efforts in the siege.[59] A'zaz
A'zaz
capitulated on 21 June, and Saladin
Saladin
then hurried his forces to Aleppo
Aleppo
to punish Gumushtigin. His assaults were again resisted, but he managed to secure not only a truce, but a mutual alliance with Aleppo, in which Gumushtigin and as-Salih were allowed to continue their hold on the city and in return, they recognized Saladin
Saladin
as the sovereign over all of the dominions he conquered. The emirs of Mardin
Mardin
and Keyfa, the Muslim allies of Aleppo, also recognised Saladin
Saladin
as the King of Syria. When the treaty was concluded, the younger sister of as-Salih came to Saladin
Saladin
and requested the return of the Fortress of A'zaz; he complied and escorted her back to the gates of Aleppo
Aleppo
with numerous presents.[59] Campaign against the Assassins

Saladin
Saladin
ended his siege of the Ismaili ("Assassins") fortress of Masyaf, which was commanded by Rashid ad-Din Sinan, under uncertain circumstances in August 1176.

Saladin
Saladin
had by now agreed truces with his Zengid
Zengid
rivals and the Kingdom of Jerusalem
Kingdom of Jerusalem
(the latter occurred in the summer of 1175), but faced a threat from the Ismaili sect known as the "Assassins", led by Rashid ad-Din Sinan. Based in the an-Nusayriyah Mountains, they commanded nine fortresses, all built on high elevations. As soon as he dispatched the bulk of his troops to Egypt, Saladin
Saladin
led his army into the an-Nusayriyah range in August 1176. He retreated the same month, after laying waste to the countryside, but failing to conquer any of the forts. Most Muslim historians claim that Saladin's uncle, the governor of Hama, mediated a peace agreement between him and Sinan.[60][61] Saladin
Saladin
had his guards supplied with link lights and had chalk and cinders strewed around his tent outside Masyaf—which he was besieging—to detect any footsteps by the Assassins.[62] According to this version, one night Saladin's guards noticed a spark glowing down the hill of Masyaf
Masyaf
and then vanishing among the Ayyubid
Ayyubid
tents. Presently, Saladin
Saladin
awoke to find a figure leaving the tent. He saw that the lamps were displaced and beside his bed laid hot scones of the shape peculiar to the Assassins
Assassins
with a note at the top pinned by a poisoned dagger. The note threatened that he would be killed if he didn't withdraw from his assault. Saladin
Saladin
gave a loud cry, exclaiming that Sinan himself was the figure that had left the tent.[62] Another version claims that Saladin
Saladin
hastily withdrew his troops from Masyaf
Masyaf
because they were urgently needed to fend off a Crusader force in the vicinity of Mount Lebanon.[61] In reality, Saladin
Saladin
sought to form an alliance with Sinan and his Assassins, consequently depriving the Crusaders
Crusaders
of a potent ally against him.[63] Viewing the expulsion of the Crusaders
Crusaders
as a mutual benefit and priority, Saladin
Saladin
and Sinan maintained cooperative relations afterwards, the latter dispatching contingents of his forces to bolster Saladin's army in a number of decisive subsequent battlefronts.[64] Return to Cairo
Cairo
and forays in Palestine

Saladin
Saladin
assured the protection of caravan routes that allowed travel to distant lands.

After leaving the an-Nusayriyah Mountains, Saladin
Saladin
returned to Damascus
Damascus
and had his Syrian soldiers return home. He left Turan Shah in command of Syria
Syria
and left for Egypt
Egypt
with only his personal followers, reaching Cairo
Cairo
on 22 September. Having been absent roughly two years, he had much to organize and supervise in Egypt, namely fortifying and reconstructing Cairo. The city walls were repaired and their extensions laid out, while the construction of the Cairo
Cairo
Citadel was commenced.[63] The 280 feet (85 m) deep Bir Yusuf
Yusuf
("Joseph's Well") was built on Saladin's orders. The chief public work he commissioned outside of Cairo
Cairo
was the large bridge at Giza, which was intended to form an outwork of defense against a potential Moorish invasion.[65] Saladin
Saladin
remained in Cairo
Cairo
supervising its improvements, building colleges such as the Madrasa of the Sword Makers and ordering the internal administration of the country. In November 1177, he set out upon a raid into Palestine; the Crusaders
Crusaders
had recently forayed into the territory of Damascus, so Saladin
Saladin
saw the truce as no longer worth preserving. The Christians
Christians
sent a large portion of their army to besiege the fortress of Harim north of Aleppo, so southern Palestine bore few defenders.[65] Saladin
Saladin
found the situation ripe and marched to Ascalon, which he referred to as the "Bride of Syria." William of Tyre recorded that the Ayyubid
Ayyubid
army consisted of 26,000 soldiers, of which 8,000 were elite forces and 18,000 were black soldiers from Sudan. This army proceeded to raid the countryside, sack Ramla
Ramla
and Lod, and dispersed themselves as far as the Gates of Jerusalem.[66] Battles and truce with Baldwin The Ayyubids allowed King Baldwin to enter Ascalon with his Gaza-based Templars without taking any precautions against a sudden attack. Although the Crusader force consisted of only 375 knights, Saladin hesitated to ambush them because of the presence of highly skilled generals. On 25 November, while the greater part of the Ayyubid
Ayyubid
army was absent, Saladin
Saladin
and his men were surprised near Ramla
Ramla
in the battle of Montgisard. Before they could form up, the Templar force hacked the Ayyubid
Ayyubid
army down. Initially, Saladin
Saladin
attempted to organize his men into battle order, but as his bodyguards were being killed, he saw that defeat was inevitable and so with a small remnant of his troops mounted a swift camel, riding all the way to the territories of Egypt.[67] Not discouraged by his defeat at Tell Jezer, Saladin
Saladin
was prepared to fight the Crusaders
Crusaders
once again. In the spring of 1178, he was encamped under the walls of Homs, and a few skirmishes occurred between his generals and the Crusader army. His forces in Hama
Hama
won a victory over their enemy and brought the spoils, together with many prisoners of war, to Saladin
Saladin
who ordered the captives to be beheaded for "plundering and laying waste the lands of the Faithful". He spent the rest of the year in Syria
Syria
without a confrontation with his enemies.[68]

The battlefield at Jacob's Ford, looking from the west bank to the east bank of the River Jordan

Saladin's intelligence services reported to him that the Crusaders were planning a raid into Syria. He ordered one of his generals, Farrukh-Shah, to guard the Damascus
Damascus
frontier with a thousand of his men to watch for an attack, then to retire, avoiding battle, and to light warning beacons on the hills, after which Saladin
Saladin
would march out. In April 1179, the Crusaders
Crusaders
led by King Baldwin expected no resistance and waited to launch a surprise attack on Muslim herders grazing their herds and flocks east of the Golan Heights. Baldwin advanced too rashly in pursuit of Farrukh-Shah's force, which was concentrated southeast of Quneitra
Quneitra
and was subsequently defeated by the Ayyubids. With this victory, Saladin
Saladin
decided to call in more troops from Egypt; he requested al-Adil to dispatch 1,500 horsemen.[69] In the summer of 1179, King Baldwin had set up an outpost on the road to Damascus
Damascus
and aimed to fortify a passage over the Jordan River, known as Jacob's Ford, that commanded the approach to the Banias
Banias
plain (the plain was divided by the Muslims and the Christians). Saladin
Saladin
had offered 100,000 gold pieces to Baldwin to abandon the project, which was particularly offensive to the Muslims, but to no avail. He then resolved to destroy the fortress, called Chastellet and manned by the Templars, moving his headquarters to Banias. As the Crusaders
Crusaders
hurried down to attack the Muslim forces, they fell into disorder, with the infantry falling behind. Despite early success, they pursued the Muslims far enough to become scattered, and Saladin
Saladin
took advantage by rallying his troops and charged at the Crusaders. The engagement ended in a decisive Ayyubid
Ayyubid
victory, and many high-ranking knights were captured. Saladin
Saladin
then moved to besiege the fortress, which fell on 30 August 1179.[70] In the spring of 1180, while Saladin
Saladin
was in the area of Safad, anxious to commence a vigorous campaign against the Kingdom of Jerusalem, King Baldwin sent messengers to him with proposals of peace. Because droughts and bad harvests hampered his commissariat, Saladin
Saladin
agreed to a truce. Raymond of Tripoli denounced the truce but was compelled to accept after an Ayyubid
Ayyubid
raid on his territory in May and upon the appearance of Saladin's naval fleet off the port of Tartus.[71] Domestic affairs In June 1180, Saladin
Saladin
hosted a reception for Nur al-Din Muhammad, the Artuqid
Artuqid
emir of Keyfa, at Geuk Su, in which he presented him and his brother Abu Bakr with gifts, valued at over 100,000 dinars according to Imad al-Din. This was intended to cement an alliance with the Artuqids and to impress other emirs in Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
and Anatolia. Previously, Saladin
Saladin
offered to mediate relations between Nur al-Din and Kilij Arslan II—the Seljuk Sultan
Sultan
of Rum—after the two came into conflict. The latter demanded that Nur al-Din return the lands given to him as a dowry for marrying his daughter when he received reports that she was being abused and used to gain Seljuk territory. Nur al-Din asked Saladin
Saladin
to mediate the issue, but Arslan refused.[72] After Nur al-Din and Saladin
Saladin
met at Geuk Su, the top Seljuk emir, Ikhtiyar al-Din al-Hasan, confirmed Arslan's submission, after which an agreement was drawn up. Saladin
Saladin
was later enraged when he received a message from Arslan accusing Nur al-Din of more abuses against his daughter. He threatened to attack the city of Malatya, saying, "it is two days march for me and I shall not dismount [my horse] until I am in the city." Alarmed at the threat, the Seljuks pushed for negotiations. Saladin
Saladin
felt that Arslan was correct to care for his daughter, but Nur al-Din had taken refuge with him, and therefore he could not betray his trust. It was finally agreed that Arslan's daughter would be sent away for a year and if Nur al-Din failed to comply, Saladin
Saladin
would move to abandon his support for him.[72] Leaving Farrukh-Shah in charge of Syria, Saladin
Saladin
returned to Cairo
Cairo
at the beginning of 1181. According to Abu Shama, he intended to spend the fast of Ramadan
Ramadan
in Egypt
Egypt
and then make the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca
Mecca
in the summer. For an unknown reason he apparently changed his plans regarding the pilgrimage and was seen inspecting the Nile River banks in June. He was again embroiled with the Bedouin; he removed two-thirds of their fiefs to use as compensation for the fief-holders at Fayyum. The Bedouin were also accused of trading with the Crusaders and, consequently, their grain was confiscated and they were forced to migrate westward. Later, Ayyubid
Ayyubid
warships were waged against Bedouin river pirates, who were plundering the shores of Lake Tanis.[73] In the summer of 1181, Saladin's former palace administrator Qara-Qush led a force to arrest Majd al-Din—a former deputy of Turan-Shah in the Yemeni town of Zabid—while he was entertaining Imad ad-Din at his estate in Cairo. Saladin's intimates accused Majd al-Din of misappropriating the revenues of Zabid, but Saladin
Saladin
himself believed there was no evidence to back the allegations. He had Majd al-Din released in return for a payment of 80,000 dinars. In addition, other sums were to be paid to Saladin's brothers al-Adil and Taj al-Muluk Buri. The controversial detainment of Majd al-Din was a part of the larger discontent associated with the aftermath of Turan-Shah's departure from Yemen. Although his deputies continued to send him revenues from the province, centralized authority was lacking and internal quarrel arose between Izz al-Din Uthman of Aden
Aden
and Hittan of Zabid. Saladin
Saladin
wrote in a letter to al-Adil: "this Yemen
Yemen
is a treasure house ... We conquered it, but up to this day we have had no return and no advantage from it. There have been only innumerable expenses, the sending out of troops ... and expectations which did not produce what was hoped for in the end."[74] Imperial expansions Conquest of Mesopotamian hinterland

Isometric laser scan data image of the Bab al-Barqiyya Gate in the 12th century Ayyubid
Ayyubid
Wall. This fortified gate was constructed with interlocking volumes that surrounded the entrant in such a way as to provide greater security and control than typical city wall gates.

Saif al-Din had died earlier in June 1181 and his brother Izz al-Din inherited leadership of Mosul.[75] On 4 December, the crown-prince of the Zengids, as-Salih, died in Aleppo. Prior to his death, he had his chief officers swear an oath of loyalty to Izz al-Din, as he was the only Zengid
Zengid
ruler strong enough to oppose Saladin. Izz al-Din was welcomed in Aleppo, but possessing it and Mosul
Mosul
put too great of a strain on his abilities. He thus, handed Aleppo
Aleppo
to his brother Imad al-Din Zangi, in exchange for Sinjar. Saladin
Saladin
offered no opposition to these transactions in order to respect the treaty he previously made with the Zengids.[76] On 11 May 1182, Saladin, along with half of the Egyptian Ayyubid
Ayyubid
army and numerous non-combatants, left Cairo
Cairo
for Syria. On the evening before he departed, he sat with his companions and the tutor of one of his sons quoted a line of poetry: "enjoy the scent of the ox-eye plant of Najd, for after this evening it will come no more." Saladin
Saladin
took this as an evil omen and he never saw Egypt
Egypt
again.[75] Knowing that Crusader forces were massed upon the frontier to intercept him, he took the desert route across the Sinai Peninsula
Sinai Peninsula
to Ailah
Ailah
at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba. Meeting no opposition, Saladin
Saladin
ravaged the countryside of Montreal, whilst Baldwin's forces watched on, refusing to intervene.[77] He arrived in Damascus
Damascus
in June to learn that Farrukh-Shah had attacked the Galilee, sacking Daburiyya
Daburiyya
and capturing Habis Jaldek, a fortress of great importance to the Crusaders. In July, Saladin
Saladin
dispatched Farrukh-Shah to attack Kawkab al-Hawa. Later, in August, the Ayyubids launched a naval and ground assault to capture Beirut; Saladin
Saladin
led his army in the Bekaa Valley. The assault was leaning towards failure and Saladin
Saladin
abandoned the operation to focus on issues in Mesopotamia.[78] Kukbary (Gökböri), the emir of Harran, invited Saladin
Saladin
to occupy the Jazira region, making up northern Mesopotamia. He complied and the truce between him and the Zengids
Zengids
officially ended in September 1182.[79] Prior to his march to Jazira, tensions had grown between the Zengid
Zengid
rulers of the region, primarily concerning their unwillingness to pay deference to Mosul.[80] Before he crossed the Euphrates, Saladin
Saladin
besieged Aleppo
Aleppo
for three days, signaling that the truce was over.[79] Once he reached Bira, near the river, he was joined by Kukbary and Nur al-Din of Hisn Kayfa and the combined forces captured the cities of Jazira, one after the other. First, Edessa fell, followed by Saruj, then Raqqa, Qirqesiya and Nusaybin.[79] Raqqa
Raqqa
was an important crossing point and held by Qutb al-Din Inal, who had lost Manbij
Manbij
to Saladin
Saladin
in 1176. Upon seeing the large size of Saladin's army, he made little effort to resist and surrendered on the condition that he would retain his property. Saladin
Saladin
promptly impressed the inhabitants of the town by publishing a decree that ordered a number of taxes to be canceled and erased all mention of them from treasury records, stating "the most miserable rulers are those whose purses are fat and their people thin". From Raqqa, he moved to conquer al-Fudain, al-Husain, Maksim, Durain, 'Araban, and Khabur—all of which swore allegiance to him.[81] Saladin
Saladin
proceeded to take Nusaybin
Nusaybin
which offered no resistance. A medium-sized town, Nusaybin
Nusaybin
was not of great importance, but it was located in a strategic position between Mardin
Mardin
and Mosul
Mosul
and within easy reach of Diyarbakir.[82] In the midst of these victories, Saladin received word that the Crusaders
Crusaders
were raiding the villages of Damascus. He replied "Let them... whilst they knock down villages, we are taking cities; when we come back, we shall have all the more strength to fight them."[79] Meanwhile, in Aleppo, the emir of the city Zangi raided Saladin's cities to the north and east, such as Balis, Manbij, Saruj, Buza'a, al-Karzain. He also destroyed his own citadel at A'zaz
A'zaz
to prevent it from being used by the Ayyubids if they were to conquer it.[82] Possession of Aleppo

Saladin's troops, French manuscript, 1337

Saladin
Saladin
turned his attention from Mosul
Mosul
to Aleppo, sending his brother Taj al-Muluk Buri to capture Tell Khalid, 130 km northeast of the city. A siege was set, but the governor of Tell Khalid surrendered upon the arrival of Saladin
Saladin
himself on 17 May before a siege could take place. According to Imad ad-Din, after Tell Khalid, Saladin
Saladin
took a detour northwards to Ain Tab, but he gained possession of it when his army turned towards it, allowing to quickly move backward another c. 100 km towards Aleppo. On 21 May, he camped outside the city, positioning himself east of the Citadel
Citadel
of Aleppo, while his forces encircles the suburb of Banaqusa to the northeast and Bab Janan to the west. He stationed his men dangerously close to the city, hoping for an early success.[83] Zangi did not offer long resistance. He was unpopular with his subjects and wished to return to his Sinjar, the city he governed previously. An exchange was negotiated where Zangi would hand over Aleppo
Aleppo
to Saladin
Saladin
in return for the restoration of his control of Sinjar, Nusaybin, and Raqqa. Zangi would hold these territories as Saladin's vassals on terms of military service. On 12 June, Aleppo
Aleppo
was formally placed in Ayyubid
Ayyubid
hands.[84] The people of Aleppo
Aleppo
had not known about these negotiations and were taken by surprise when Saladin's standard was hoisted over the citadel. Two emirs, including an old friend of Saladin, Izz al-Din Jurduk, welcomed and pledged their service to him. Saladin
Saladin
replaced the Hanafi
Hanafi
courts with Shafi'i administration, despite a promise he would not interfere in the religious leadership of the city. Although he was short of money, Saladin
Saladin
also allowed the departing Zangi to take all the stores of the citadel that he could travel with and to sell the remainder—which Saladin
Saladin
purchased himself. In spite of his earlier hesitation to go through with the exchange, he had no doubts about his success, stating that Aleppo
Aleppo
was "the key to the lands" and "this city is the eye of Syria
Syria
and the citadel is its pupil."[85] For Saladin, the capture of the city marked the end of over eight years of waiting since he told Farrukh-Shah that "we have only to do the milking and Aleppo
Aleppo
will be ours".[86] After spending one night in Aleppo's citadel, Saladin
Saladin
marched to Harim, near the Crusader-held Antioch. The city was held by Surhak, a "minor mamluk." Saladin
Saladin
offered him the city of Busra and property in Damascus
Damascus
in exchange for Harim, but when Surhak asked for more, his own garrison in Harim forced him out. He was arrested by Saladin's deputy Taqi al-Din on allegations that he was planning to cede Harim to Bohemond III of Antioch. When Saladin
Saladin
received its surrender, he proceeded to arrange the defense of Harim from the Crusaders. He reported to the caliph and his own subordinates in Yemen
Yemen
and Baalbek that was going to attack the Armenians. Before he could move, however, there were a number of administrative details to be settled. Saladin agreed to a truce with Bohemond in return for Muslim prisoners being held by him and then he gave A'zaz
A'zaz
to Alam ad-Din Suleiman and Aleppo to Saif al-Din al-Yazkuj—the former was an emir of Aleppo
Aleppo
who joined Saladin
Saladin
and the latter was a former mamluk of Shirkuh
Shirkuh
who helped rescue him from the assassination attempt at A'zaz.[87] Fight for Mosul

Sculpture of Saladin
Saladin
in the Egyptian Military museum
Egyptian Military museum
in Cairo

As Saladin
Saladin
approached Mosul, he faced the issue of taking over a large city and justifying the action.[88] The Zengids
Zengids
of Mosul
Mosul
appealed to an-Nasir, the Abbasid
Abbasid
caliph at Baghdad
Baghdad
whose vizier favored them. An-Nasir
An-Nasir
sent Badr al-Badr (a high-ranking religious figure) to mediate between the two sides. Saladin
Saladin
arrived at the city on 10 November 1182. Izz al-Din would not accept his terms because he considered them disingenuous and extensive, and Saladin
Saladin
immediately laid siege to the heavily fortified city.[89] After several minor skirmishes and a stalemate in the siege that was initiated by the caliph, Saladin
Saladin
intended to find a way to withdraw without damage to his reputation while still keeping up some military pressure. He decided to attack Sinjar, which was held by Izz al-Din's brother Sharaf al-Din. It fell after a 15-day siege on 30 December.[90] Saladin's soldiers broke their discipline, plundering the city; Saladin
Saladin
only managed to protect the governor and his officers by sending them to Mosul. After establishing a garrison at Sinjar, he awaited a coalition assembled by Izz al-Din consisting of his forces, those from Aleppo, Mardin, and Armenia.[91] Saladin
Saladin
and his army met the coalition at Harran
Harran
in February 1183, but on hearing of his approach, the latter sent messengers to Saladin
Saladin
asking for peace. Each force returned to their cities and al-Fadil wrote: "They [Izz al-Din's coalition] advanced like men, like women they vanished."[citation needed] On 2 March, al-Adil from Egypt
Egypt
wrote to Saladin
Saladin
that the Crusaders
Crusaders
had struck the "heart of Islam". Raynald de Châtillon had sent ships to the Gulf of Aqaba
Gulf of Aqaba
to raid towns and villages off the coast of the Red Sea. It was not an attempt to extend the Crusader influence into that sea or to capture its trade routes, but merely a piratical move.[92] Nonetheless, Imad al-Din writes the raid was alarming to the Muslims because they were not accustomed to attacks on that sea, and Ibn al-Athir adds that the inhabitants had no experience with the Crusaders
Crusaders
either as fighters or traders.[93] Ibn Jubair
Ibn Jubair
was told that sixteen Muslim ships were burnt by the Crusaders, who then captured a pilgrim ship and caravan at Aidab. He also reported that they intended to attack Medina
Medina
and remove Muhammad's body. Al-Maqrizi added to the rumor by claiming Muhammad's tomb was going to be relocated to Crusader territory so Muslims would make pilgrimages there. Fortunately for Saladin, al-Adil had his warships moved from Fustat and Alexandria
Alexandria
to the Red Sea
Red Sea
under the command of an Armenian mercenary Lu'lu. They broke the Crusader blockade, destroyed most of their ships, and pursued and captured those who anchored and fled into the desert.[94] The surviving Crusaders, numbered at 170, were ordered to be killed by Saladin
Saladin
in various Muslim cities.[95] From the point of view of Saladin, in terms of territory, the war against Mosul
Mosul
was going well, but he still failed to achieve his objectives and his army was shrinking; Taqi al-Din took his men back to Hama, while Nasir al-Din Muhammad
Muhammad
and his forces had left. This encouraged Izz al-Din and his allies to take the offensive. The previous coalition regrouped at Harzam some 140 km from Harran. In early April, without waiting for Nasir al-Din, Saladin
Saladin
and Taqi al-Din commenced their advance against the coalition, marching eastward to Ras al-Ein unhindered.[96] By late April, after three days of "actual fighting", according to Saladin, the Ayyubids had captured Amid. He handed the city to Nur al-Din Muhammad
Muhammad
together with its stores, which consisted of 80,000 candles, a tower full of arrowheads, and 1,040,000 books. In return for a diploma granting him the city, Nur al-Din swore allegiance to Saladin, promising to follow him in every expedition in the war against the Crusaders, and repairing damage done to the city. The fall of Amid, in addition to territory, convinced Il-Ghazi of Mardin
Mardin
to enter the service of Saladin, weakening Izz al-Din's coalition.[97] Saladin
Saladin
attempted to gain the Caliph an-Nasir's support against Izz al-Din by sending him a letter requesting a document that would give him legal justification for taking over Mosul
Mosul
and its territories. Saladin
Saladin
aimed to persuade the caliph claiming that while he conquered Egypt
Egypt
and Yemen
Yemen
under the flag of the Abbasids, the Zengids
Zengids
of Mosul openly supported the Seljuks (rivals of the caliphate) and only came to the caliph when in need. He also accused Izz al-Din's forces of disrupting the Muslim "Holy War" against the Crusaders, stating "they are not content not to fight, but they prevent those who can." Saladin defended his own conduct claiming that he had come to Syria
Syria
to fight the Crusaders, end the heresy of the Assassins, and stop the wrong-doing of the Muslims. He also promised that if Mosul
Mosul
was given to him, it would lead to the capture of Jerusalem, Constantinople, Georgia, and the lands of the Almohads in the Maghreb, "until the word of God is supreme and the Abbasid
Abbasid
caliphate has wiped the world clean, turning the churches into mosques". Saladin
Saladin
stressed that all this would happen by the will of God, and instead of asking for financial or military support from the caliph, he would capture and give the caliph the territories of Tikrit, Daquq, Khuzestan, Kish Island, and Oman.[98] Wars against Crusaders

Saladin
Saladin
and Guy of Lusignan
Guy of Lusignan
after Battle of Hattin

On 29 September 1182, Saladin
Saladin
crossed the Jordan River
Jordan River
to attack Beisan, which was found to be empty. The next day his forces sacked and burned the town and moved westwards. They intercepted Crusader reinforcements from Karak and Shaubak
Shaubak
along the Nablus
Nablus
road and took a number of prisoners. Meanwhile, the main Crusader force under Guy of Lusignan moved from Sepphoris to al-Fula. Saladin
Saladin
sent out 500 skirmishers to harass their forces, and he himself marched to Ain Jalut. When the Crusader force—reckoned to be the largest the kingdom ever produced from its own resources, but still outmatched by the Muslims—advanced, the Ayyubids unexpectedly moved down the stream of Ain Jalut. After a few Ayyubid
Ayyubid
raids—including attacks on Zir'in, Forbelet, and Mount Tabor—the Crusaders
Crusaders
still were not tempted to attack their main force, and Saladin
Saladin
led his men back across the river once provisions and supplies ran low.[87] Crusader attacks provoked further responses by Saladin. Raynald of Châtillon, in particular, harassed Muslim trading and pilgrimage routes with a fleet on the Red Sea, a water route that Saladin
Saladin
needed to keep open. In response, Saladin
Saladin
built a fleet of 30 galleys to attack Beirut
Beirut
in 1182. Raynald threatened to attack the holy cities of Mecca
Mecca
and Medina. In retaliation, Saladin
Saladin
twice besieged Kerak, Raynald's fortress in Oultrejordain, in 1183 and 1184. Raynald responded by looting a caravan of pilgrims on the Hajj
Hajj
in 1185. According to the later 13th-century Old French Continuation of William of Tyre, Raynald captured Saladin's sister in a raid on a caravan; this claim is not attested in contemporary sources, Muslim or Frankish, however, instead stating that Raynald had attacked a preceding caravan, and Saladin
Saladin
set guards to ensure the safety of his sister and her son, who came to no harm.[citation needed] Following the failure of his Kerak
Kerak
sieges, Saladin
Saladin
temporarily turned his attention back to another long-term project and resumed attacks on the territory of ʻIzz ad-Dīn (Masʻūd ibn Mawdūd ibn Zangi), around Mosul, which he had begun with some success in 1182. However, since then, Masʻūd had allied himself with the powerful governor of Azerbaijan and Jibal, who in 1185 began moving his troops across the Zagros Mountains, causing Saladin
Saladin
to hesitate in his attacks. The defenders of Mosul, when they became aware that help was on the way, increased their efforts, and Saladin
Saladin
subsequently fell ill, so in March 1186 a peace treaty was signed.[99] In July 1187, Saladin
Saladin
captured most of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. On 4 July 1187, at the Battle of Hattin, he faced the combined forces of Guy of Lusignan, King Consort
King Consort
of Jerusalem, and Raymond III of Tripoli. In this battle alone the Crusader force was largely annihilated by Saladin's determined army. It was a major disaster for the Crusaders
Crusaders
and a turning point in the history of the Crusades. Saladin
Saladin
captured Raynald and was personally responsible for his execution in retaliation for his attacks against Muslim caravans. The members of these caravans had, in vain, besought his mercy by reciting the truce between the Muslims and the Crusaders, but Raynald ignored this and insulted the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, before murdering and torturing a number of them. Upon hearing this, Saladin
Saladin
swore an oath to personally execute Raynald.[100] Guy of Lusignan
Guy of Lusignan
was also captured. Seeing the execution of Raynald, he feared he would be next. However, his life was spared by Saladin, who said of Raynald, "[i]t is not the wont of kings, to kill kings; but that man had transgressed all bounds, and therefore did I treat him thus."[101][102] Capture of Jerusalem Saladin
Saladin
had captured almost every Crusader city. Saladin
Saladin
preferred to take Jerusalem
Jerusalem
without bloodshed and offered generous terms, but those inside refused to leave their holy city, vowing to destroy it in a fight to the death rather than see it handed over peacefully. Jerusalem
Jerusalem
capitulated to his forces on Friday, 2 October 1187, after a siege. When the siege had started, Saladin
Saladin
was unwilling[103] to promise terms of quarter to the Frankish inhabitants of Jerusalem. Balian of Ibelin threatened to kill every Muslim hostage, estimated at 5,000, and to destroy Islam's holy shrines of the Dome of the Rock
Dome of the Rock
and the al-Aqsa Mosque if such quarter were not provided. Saladin consulted his council and the terms were accepted. The agreement was read out through the streets of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
so that everyone might within forty days provide for himself and pay to Saladin
Saladin
the agreed tribute for his freedom.[104] An unusually low ransom for the times (around $50 today) was to be paid for each Frank in the city, whether man, woman, or child, but Saladin, against the wishes of his treasurers, allowed many families who could not afford the ransom to leave.[105][106] Patriarch Heraclius of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
organised and contributed to a collection that paid the ransoms for about 18,000 of the poorer citizens, leaving another 15,000 to be enslaved. Saladin's brother al-Adil "asked Saladin
Saladin
for a thousand of them for his own use and then released them on the spot." Most of the foot soldiers were sold into slavery.[107] Upon the capture of Jerusalem, Saladin summoned the Jews and permitted them to resettle in the city.[108] In particular, the residents of Ashkelon, a large Jewish settlement, responded to his request.[109] Tyre, on the coast of modern-day Lebanon, was the last major Crusader city that was not captured by Muslim forces. Strategically, it would have made more sense for Saladin
Saladin
to capture Tyre before Jerusalem; Saladin, however, chose to pursue Jerusalem
Jerusalem
first because of the importance of the city to Islam. Tyre was commanded by Conrad of Montferrat, who strengthened its defences and withstood two sieges by Saladin. In 1188, at Tortosa, Saladin
Saladin
released Guy of Lusignan
Guy of Lusignan
and returned him to his wife, Queen Sibylla of Jerusalem. They went first to Tripoli, then to Antioch. In 1189, they sought to reclaim Tyre for their kingdom but were refused admission by Conrad, who did not recognize Guy as king. Guy then set about besieging Acre.[110] Saladin
Saladin
was on friendly terms with Queen Tamar of Georgia. Saladin's biographer Bahā' ad-Dīn ibn Šaddād reports that, after Saladin's conquest of Jerusalem, the Georgian Queen sent envoys to the sultan to request the return of confiscated possessions of the Georgian monasteries in Jerusalem. Saladin's response is not recorded, but the queen's efforts seem to have been successful as Jacques de Vitry, the Bishop of Acre, reports the Georgians
Georgians
were, in contrast to the other Christian pilgrims, allowed a free passage into the city with their banners unfurled. Ibn Šaddād furthermore claims that Queen Tamar outbid the Byzantine emperor in her efforts to obtain the relics of the True Cross, offering 200,000 gold pieces to Saladin
Saladin
who had taken the relics as booty at the battle of Hattin, but to no avail.[111][112] Third Crusade

The elite garrison of Saladin's armies during the Siege of Acre

It is equally true that his generosity, his piety, devoid of fanaticism, that flower of liberality and courtesy which had been the model of our old chroniclers, won him no less popularity in Frankish Syria
Syria
than in the lands of Islam.

René Grousset (writer)[113]

Hattin
Hattin
and the fall of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
prompted the Third Crusade (1189–1192), financed in England by a special " Saladin
Saladin
tithe". Richard the Lionheart, King of England led Guy's siege of Acre, conquered the city and executed 3,000 Muslim prisoners, including women and children.[114] Bahā' ad-Dīn wrote:

The motives of this massacre are differently told; according to some, the captives were slain by way of reprisal for the death of those Christians
Christians
whom the Musulmans had slain. Others again say that the king of England, on deciding to attempt the conquest of Ascalon, thought it unwise to leave so many prisoners in the town after his departure. God alone knows what the real reason was.[114]

The armies of Saladin
Saladin
engaged in combat with the army of King Richard at the Battle of Arsuf
Battle of Arsuf
on 7 September 1191, at which Saladin's forces suffered heavy losses and were forced to withdraw. After the battle of Arsuf, Richard occupied Jaffa, restoring the city's fortifications. Meanwhile, Saladin
Saladin
moved south, where he dismantled the fortifications of Ascalon to prevent this strategically important city, which lay at the junction between Egypt
Egypt
and Palestine, from falling into Crusader hands.[115] In October 1191, Richard began restoring the inland castles on the coastal plain beyond Jaffa in preparation for an advance on Jerusalem. During this period, Richard and Saladin
Saladin
passed envoys back and forth, negotiating the possibility of a truce.[116] Richard proposed that his sister, Joan of England, Queen of Sicily, should marry Saladin's brother and that Jerusalem
Jerusalem
could be their wedding gift.[117] However, Saladin
Saladin
rejected this idea when Richard insisted that Saladin's brother convert to Christianity.[118] In January 1192, Richard's army occupied Beit Nuba, just twelve miles from Jerusalem, but withdrew without attacking the Holy City. Instead, Richard advanced south on Ascalon, where he restored the fortifications. In July 1192, Saladin
Saladin
tried to threaten Richard's command of the coast by attacking Jaffa. The city was besieged, and Saladin
Saladin
very nearly captured it; however, Richard arrived a few days later and defeated Saladin's army in a battle outside the city.[119] The Battle of Jaffa (1192)
Battle of Jaffa (1192)
proved to be the last military engagement of the Third Crusade. After Richard reoccupied Jaffa and restored its fortifications, he and Saladin
Saladin
again discussed terms. At last Richard agreed to demolish the fortifications of Ascalon, while Saladin
Saladin
agreed to recognize Crusader control of the Palestinian coast from Tyre to Jaffa. The Christians
Christians
would be allowed to travel as unarmed pilgrims to Jerusalem, and Saladin's kingdom would be at peace with the Crusader states for the following three years.[120] Death See also: Mausoleum
Mausoleum
of Saladin

Saladin's tomb, Damascus, Syria

Saladin's tomb, near Umayyad Mosque's NW corner

Saladin
Saladin
died of a fever on 4 March 1193, at Damascus, not long after King Richard's departure. In Saladin’s possession at the time of his death were one piece of gold and forty pieces of silver.[121] He had given away his great wealth to his poor subjects, leaving nothing to pay for his funeral.[122] He was buried in a mausoleum in the garden outside the Umayyad Mosque
Umayyad Mosque
in Damascus, Syria. Seven centuries later, Emperor Wilhelm II
Wilhelm II
of Germany donated a new marble sarcophagus to the mausoleum. However, the original sarcophagus was not replaced; instead, the mausoleum, which is open to visitors, now has two sarcophagi: the marble one placed on the side and the original wooden one, which covers Saladin's tomb. (Muslims are buried in a simple shroud, so if there are any sarcophagi present, they are usually used for covering the top of the Islamic burials.)[citation needed] Family According to Imad al-Din, Saladin
Saladin
had fathered five sons before he left Egypt
Egypt
in 1174. Saladin's oldest son, al-Afdal, was born in 1170, and Uthman was born in 1172 to Shamsa who accompanied Saladin
Saladin
to Syria. Saladin
Saladin
had a third son named, Az-Zahir Ghazi, who later became Lord of Aleppo.[123] A letter preserved by Qalqashandi records that a twelfth son was born in May 1178, while on Imad al-Din's list, he appears as Saladin's seventh son. Mas'ud was born in 1175 and Yaq'ub in 1176, the latter to Shamsa.[124] Recognition and legacy Western world

Saladino, by Cristofano dell'Altissimo, ante 1568

In the nineteenth century, Saladin
Saladin
achieved a great reputation in Europe as a chivalrous knight, due to his fierce struggle against the crusaders and his generosity. Although Saladin
Saladin
faded into history after the Middle Ages, he appears in a sympathetic light in Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's play Nathan the Wise
Nathan the Wise
(1779) and in Sir Walter Scott's novel The Talisman (1825). The contemporary view of Saladin originates mainly from these texts. According to Jonathan Riley-Smith, Scott's portrayal of Saladin
Saladin
was that of a "modern [19th-century] liberal European gentlemen, beside whom medieval Westerners would always have made a poor showing".[125] Despite the Crusaders' slaughter when they originally conquered Jerusalem
Jerusalem
in 1099, Saladin granted amnesty and free passage to all common Catholics
Catholics
and even to the defeated Christian army, as long as they were able to pay the aforementioned ransom (the Greek Orthodox Christians
Christians
were treated even better, because they often opposed the western Crusaders). Notwithstanding the differences in beliefs, the Muslim Saladin
Saladin
was respected by Christian lords, Richard especially. Richard once praised Saladin
Saladin
as a great prince, saying that he was without doubt the greatest and most powerful leader in the Islamic world.[126] Saladin in turn stated that there was not a more honorable Christian lord than Richard. After the treaty, Saladin
Saladin
and Richard sent each other many gifts as tokens of respect but never met face to face. In April 1191, a Frankish woman's three-month-old baby had been stolen from her camp and sold on the market. The Franks urged her to approach Saladin herself with her grievance. According to Bahā' al-Dīn, Saladin
Saladin
used his own money to buy the child back:

He gave it to the mother and she took it; with tears streaming down her face, and hugged the baby to her chest. The people were watching her and weeping and I (Ibn Shaddad) was standing amongst them. She suckled it for some time and then Saladin
Saladin
ordered a horse to be fetched for her and she went back to camp.[127]

Muslim world

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The Eagle of Saladin
Saladin
in the Egyptian coat of arms

The Eagle of Saladin
Saladin
in the coat of arms of the Kurdistan Regional Government

In 1898, German Emperor
German Emperor
Wilhelm II
Wilhelm II
visited Saladin's tomb to pay his respects.[128] The visit, coupled with anti-imperialist sentiments, led nationalist Arabs
Arabs
to reinvent the image of Saladin
Saladin
and portray him as a hero of the struggle against the West. The image of Saladin
Saladin
they used was the romantic one created by Walter Scott
Walter Scott
and other Europeans in the West at the time, conveniently ignoring Saladin's Kurdish ethnicity. It replaced Saladin's reputation as a figure who had been largely forgotten in the Muslim world, eclipsed by more successful figures, such as Baybars
Baybars
of Egypt.[129] Modern Arab states have sought to commemorate Saladin
Saladin
through various measures, often based on the image created of him in the 19th-century west.[130] A governorate centered around Tikrit
Tikrit
and Samarra
Samarra
in modern-day Iraq, Salah ad Din Governorate, is named after him, as is Salahaddin University in Erbil, the largest city of Iraqi Kurdistan. A suburban community of Erbil, Masif Salahaddin, is also named after him. Few structures associated with Saladin
Saladin
survive within modern cities. Saladin
Saladin
first fortified the Citadel
Citadel
of Cairo
Cairo
(1175–1183), which had been a domed pleasure pavilion with a fine view in more peaceful times. In Syria, even the smallest city is centred on a defensible citadel, and Saladin
Saladin
introduced this essential feature to Egypt. Although the Ayyubid dynasty
Ayyubid dynasty
that he founded would only outlive him by 57 years, the legacy of Saladin
Saladin
within the Arab World
Arab World
continues to this day. With the rise of Arab nationalism
Arab nationalism
in the 20th Century, particularly with regard to the Arab–Israeli conflict, Saladin's heroism and leadership gained a new significance. Saladin's recapture of Palestine from the European Crusaders
Crusaders
is considered an inspiration for modern-day Arabs' opposition to Zionism. Moreover, the glory and comparative unity of the Arab World
Arab World
under Saladin
Saladin
was seen as the perfect symbol for the new unity sought by Arab nationalists, such as Gamal Abdel Nasser. For this reason, the Eagle of Saladin
Saladin
became the symbol of revolutionary Egypt, and was subsequently adopted by several other Arab states (the United Arab Republic, Iraq, Libya, the State of Palestine, and Yemen). See also

Biography portal Kurdistan portal Middle East portal

List of Kurdish dynasties and countries Sharaf Khan Bidlisi List of rulers of Damascus List of rulers of Egypt Kingdom of Heaven The Crusades Saladin: The Animated Series Saladin
Saladin
the Victorious Salah al-Din (TV series) Arn – The Knight
Knight
Templar

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Further reading

Gibb, H. A. R. (1973). The Life of Saladin: From the Works of Imad ad-Din and Baha ad-Din. Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0-86356-928-9. OCLC 674160.  Hindley, Geoffrey (2007). Saladin: Hero of Islam. Pen & Sword. ISBN 1-84415-499-8. OCLC 72868777.  Husain, Shahnaz (1998). Muslim heroes of the crusades: Salahuddin and Nuruddin. London: Ta-Ha. ISBN 978-1-897940-71-6. OCLC 40928075.  Reston, Jr., James (2001). Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin
Saladin
in the Third Crusade. New York: Anchor Books. ISBN 0-385-49562-5. OCLC 45283102.  Scharfstein, Sol; Gelabert, Dorcas (1997). Chronicle of Jewish history: from the patriarchs to the 21st century. Hoboken, N.J.: KTAV Pub. House. ISBN 0-88125-606-4. OCLC 38174402. 

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Stanley Lane-Poole, "The Life of Saladin
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and the Fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem", in "btm" format Rosebault Ch.J. Saladin. Prince of Chivalri De expugnatione terrae sanctae per Saladinum A European account of Saladin's conquests of the Crusader states. (in Latin) Saladin: The Sultan
Sultan
and His Times, 1138–1193 Richard and Saladin: Warriors of the Third Crusade

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Vizier
of the Fatimid
Fatimid
Caliphate 1169–1171 Abolition of the Fatimid
Fatimid
Caliphate

Preceded by Al-Adid as Fatimid
Fatimid
Caliph of Egypt Sultan
Sultan
of Egypt 1171–1193 Succeeded by Al-Aziz Uthman

Preceded by As-Salih Ismail al-Malik Emir of Damascus 1174–1186 Succeeded by Al-Afdal ibn Salah al-din

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Rulers of the Ayyubid
Ayyubid
dynasty

Sultans of Egypt
Egypt
(1171–1250)

Salah ad-Din al-Aziz Uthman al-Mansur Nasir al-Din al-Adil I al-Kamil al-Adil II as-Salih Ayyub al-Muazzam Turanshah Shajar al-Durr al-Ashraf Musa

Emirs of Damascus
Damascus
(1174–1260)

Salah ad-Din al-Afdal al-Adil I al-Mu'azzam Isa an-Nasir Dawud al-Ashraf Musa as-Salih Ismail as-Salih Ayyub al-Muazzam Turanshah an-Nasir Yusuf

Emirs of Aleppo
Aleppo
(1177–1260)

Az-Zahir Ghazi al-Aziz Muhammad Dayfa Khatun (regent) an-Nasir Yusuf

Emirs of Hims (1175–1262)

Asad ad-Din Shirkuh Muhammad
Muhammad
ibn Shirkuh al-Mujahid al-Mansur Ibrahim al-Ashraf Musa

Emirs of Hama
Hama
(1175–1341)

Al-Muzaffar Umar al-Mansur Muhammad Nasir Kilij-Arslan al-Muzaffar Mahmud al-Mansur Muhammad
Muhammad
II al-Muzaffar Mahmud II al-Mu'ayyad Abu al-Fida al-Afdal Muhammad

Emirs of Jazira (1180–1260)

Al-Awhad Ayyub al-Ashraf Musa al-Muzaffar Ghazi al-Kamil Muhammad

Emirs of Yemen
Yemen
(1173–1228)

Turan-Shah Tughtakin ibn Ayyub al-Mu'izz Ismail an-Nasir Ayyub Muzaffar Sulayman Mas'ud Yusuf

Emirs of Baalbek
Baalbek
(1175–1260)

Ibn al-Muqaddam Turan-Shah Farrukhshah Bahramshah Al-Ashraf Musa as-Salih Ismail as-Salih Ayyub Saʿd al-Din al-Humaidi an-Nasir Yusuf

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