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.
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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