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Saladin

Author: Anne-Marie Eddé; Jane Marie Todd
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria; Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria; Saladin, Aijubidenreich Sultan; Sultan) Saladin (Aijubidenreich
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne-Marie Eddé; Jane Marie Todd
ISBN: 0674055594 9780674055599 9780674283978 067428397X
Language Note: Translated from the French.
OCLC Number: 707886984
Description: xvii, 660 pages, [16] pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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. Nūr al-Dīn'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.
Other Titles: Saladin.
Responsibility: Anne-Marie Eddé ; translated by Jane Marie Todd.

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An impressive biography of Saladin ... supported by a multiplicity of sources, known or previously unknown: chronicles, travel narratives, letters, poems, administrative treatises... Although [Edde] Read more...

 
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