Well, I’m all for balance so here is a rather strident view from a perspective that is not only anti-crusader, as one would expect, but also highly critical of what are seen to have been backsliding muslim rulers who colluded with the crusaders and Templars to allow them to take control of the coastal areas of the Levant – modern Lebanon, Israel, bits of south east Turkey and Syria.
I feel the time has come to put up a few posts about the Battle of Hattin – where Saladin gave the Templars a more than sound beating. Let’s start with this to stir up some debate and I’ll raise my views and concerns about it in subsequent posts. It begins in Arabic but flits in to English, back to Arabic, back to English, etc. Just follow for as long as you wish….