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, 144 pages

2 maps

September 2008



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The Sultan and His Times, 1138–1193

Known in the West as a "noble heathen," the great Muslim sultan Saladin led Muslim forces in the reconquest of the Crusader kingdoms and captured Jerusalem in 1187. This concise history traces Saladin’s role in the contest between Islam and Christianity during the twelfth century.

Following the Sultan's life from the rise of the Crusader states through his triumph over the Franks to the Third Crusade, Möhring elucidates the sultan's accomplishments in uniting much of the Middle East, his enlightened relationship with European opponents, and the unique legacy of his rule in the Middle East and beyond.

This faithful English-language translation also includes an introduction that places Saladinin his geographic, political, and cultural context.

Hannes Möhring is a historian of the Middle Ages and Orientalist scholar at the University of Bayreuth. David S. Bachrach is an assistant professor of medieval history at the University of New Hampshire. Paul M. Cobb is an associate professor of Arabic and Islamic history at the University of Pennsylvania.

"This book provides a lively introduction to Saladin, a medieval sultan whose deeds and legend still loom large today. Utilizing both Muslim and Christian sources, Möhring describes a Saladin who was both a man of his times and a leader of remarkable qualities. Students will find both the man and the legend well worth studying."

" Saladin is a must read for those learning of Middle Eastern tradition."

"The book, capably translated by David S. Bachrach, is a brief but highly readable and informative work... the book is well suited for the general public and for classroom use."

"This short book... is easy to read and comprehend. It is well suited for the general audience... Its strength lies in that it not only covers events on the battlefield, but it also covers diplomatic efforts as part of its narrative on Saladin's life."

"Anyone who reads this book will understand why Saladin continues to capture the imagination and interest of people in the 21st century."