Alaa Mattar in Cairo kindly reminded me of a movie about the life of Saladin that I was aware of but had forgotten about. I think it was originally called ‘El Naser Salah el Dine’ and was filmed during the Nasser era in Egypt – so there’s lots of nationalist and pan-Arab references. This was a time when the Middle East was emerging from British and French colonial rule and a new pride was being born. One could say a rebirth of sorts is taking place now and so it seems appropriate to celebrate this movie again – it’s well worth seeing and a five star recommend from me.
Published by Tony McMahon
Broadcaster and award short-listed author. Appearances on the History Channel and UKTV talking about the Knights Templar and other popular history topics. Former BBC producer and communications consultant to the UK government. Second edition of The Battle for British Islam (Saqi Books) out in June 2018. View all posts by Tony McMahon