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Eddé, Anne-Marie
Saladin. English
Saladin / Anne-Marie Eddé ; translated by Jane Marie Todd
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011
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 3rd Floor  DS38.4.S2 E3213 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, 1137-1193
Subject(s) Crusades -- Third, 1189-1192
Subject Egypt -- Kings and rulers -- Biography
Syria -- Kings and rulers -- Biography
Islamic Empire -- History -- 750-1258
Physical Description xvii, 660 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill., maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p.[625]-639)and index
Contents List of figures -- Chronology -- Introduction -- PART I. Ascent: 1. Saladin's world -- 2. Training period -- 3. Vizier in Cairo -- 4. The end of the Fatimids -- 5. Nur al-Din's lieutenant in Egypt -- PART II. The sultan: 6. Usurper or legitimate sultan? -- 7. The caliph's backing -- 8. Conception of power -- 9. Founding a dynasty -- 10. The support of the elites -- 11. The elaboration of an image -- PART III. Jihad: 12. Image and propaganda -- 13. Strategic interests -- 14. The victorious campaigns -- 15. The third crusade -- 16. The rules of war -- 17. The gaze of the other -- PART IV. In everyday life: 18. Between image and reality -- 19. Saladin and suffering -- PART V. Governance: 20. Guardian of the faith -- 21. Christians and Jews -- 22. The state, the prince, and the subjects -- 23. Commerce and markets -- PART VI. The legend: 24. Birth and development -- 25. Antihero or prophet foretold? -- 26. The valiant and generous knight -- 27. Between Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad -- 28. The myth of the Arab hero -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Saladin historiography -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgments -- Index
Language Translated from the French
Summary Working simultaneously on two levels, Saladin represents the best kind of biography--a portrait of a man who is said to have made an age, and the most complete account we have to date of an age that made the man. Unlike biographies that focus on Saladin's military exploits, especially the recapturing of Jerusalem from European Crusaders in 1187, Eddé's narrative draws on an incredible array of contemporary sources to develop the fullest picture possible of a ruler shaped profoundly by the complex Arabian political environment in which he rose to prominence. The result is a unique view of the Crusades from an Arab perspective. Saladin became a legend in his own time, venerated by friend and foe alike as a paragon of justice, chivalry, and generosity. Arab politicians ever since have sought to claim his mantle as a justification for their own exercise of power. But Saladin's world-historical status as the ideal Muslim ruler owes its longevity to a tacit agreement among contemporaries and later chroniclers about the set of virtues Saladin possessed--virtues that can now be tested against a rich tapestry of historical research. This tension between the mythical image of Saladin, layered over centuries and deployed in service of specific moral and political objectives, and the verifiable facts of his life available to a judicious modern historian is what sustains Anne-Marie Eddé's erudite biography, published to acclaim in France in 2008 and offered here in smooth, readable English translation. -- Book Description
Alternate Author Todd, Jane Marie, 1957-

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