Really interesting blog here from a Kurdish perspective on Saladin – the great opponent of Richard the Lionheart. The ruler of Syria and Egypt who unified the Islamic realms and dealt a death blow to crusader ambitions to hold on to Jerusalem forever. But what many don’t know is that Saladin was ethnically….Kurdish. Yet in spite of that he has been heroised by Arab nationalists including Saddam Hussein (who came from Tikrit where Saladin’s family were located). Kurds have often felt ambivalent about Saladin while Arabs have idolised him. It’s one of those many ironies in history.

2 Comments on “Saladin

  1. Reblogged this on pondering the universe and commented:
    Eloquently written and informative, I had zero prior knowledge pertaining to the history of Saladin, and sadly little knowledge of arab history (perhaps ill research some and write a post!). I reccomend this article highly, a facinating insight in arab and islamic history, the mention of saddam will strike an interesting chord with readers as well and perhaps will provide some valuable insight.

    • Thanks for the reblog and hope you saw my other post on ‘Saladin the merciful – think again’. He was a fascinating leader whose name has been invoked by Arab leaders in our own time from Nasser in Egypt to Saddam in Iraq.

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