What Befell Sultan Yusuf (Salah
THE LIFE OF
SALADINAbout The Book
By Beha Ed-Din (Abu el-Mehasan Yusuf Ibn-Rafi Ibn Temi el-Asadi) Baha-Udin
Translated For the Palestine Pilgrims Text Society
CW Wilson (1897)
Hardback 422 Pages
Publisher : Adam Publishers, India
Salah Ad-din Yusuf Ibn Ayyub (known as Saladin
in the West ), was sultan of Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Yemen, founded the
Ayyubid dynasty, and captured Jerusalem from the Christians. He is a one of the
most famous Muslim heroes and a consummate military tactician.
Saladin was born to a well-off Kurdish family
in Tikrit (Iraq) and grew up in Ba'lbek and Damascus. He began his military
career by joining the staff of his uncle Asad ad-Din Shirkuh, an important
commander. By 1169, at the age of 31, he had been appointed vizier of the
Fatimid caliphate in Egypt as well as commander of the Syrian troops there.
In 1171, Saladin abolished the Shi'ite
caliphate and proclaimed a return to Sunni Islam in Egypt, whereupon he became
that country's sole ruler. In 1187 he took on the Latin Crusader Kingdoms, and
on July 4 of that year he scored a resounding victory at the battle of Hattin.
Later the same year Salahuddin conquered Jerusalem. Thousands of Crusaders were
arrested. However, when their mothers, sisters, and wives appealed to Salahuddin,
he released them. Many crusaders were ransomed. However, he paid for many of
them. In addition, he provided them transport, etc. He allowed neither massacre
nor looting. He gave free pardon to all citizens. He even arranged for their
traveling. He granted freedom to Christians to leave the city if they paid a
About the Author
Abu el-Mehasan Yusuf Ibn-Rafi Ibn Temi el-Asadi better know as Beha
ed-Din (Bohadin), born in 1145 at Mosul Iraq, a Shafi'e Jurist and the Qadi of
Towards the end of 1170 he went to Baghdad and acted as assistant master on the
famous Nizamiya College. In 1174 he returned to Mosul and became Professor in
the college founded by Kama ed-Din Abu el-Fadl Muhammad.
In 1188 Baha-ud-din performed the Hajj and
visited Jerusalem, Hebron and Damascus where He was called for by Salah ud Din.
Later he entered the services of Salah ud Din and was appointed Kadi al-Askar (Kadi
of the Army), Hakim(Magistrate ) of Jerusalem, later he accompanied the
Sultan on his campigns.
He States that
Although this is an Orientalist translation originally made from the French
Edition it will have some flows, however it is nevertheless an excellent
Classical work from a Classical Scholar who actually served Salah ud Din Ayyubi
.It is therefore a worthwhile Collection for the Library of all seekers of
Knowledge in the English Language.
It also also worth
noting that this Edition is Published and Printed in India and therefore the
Quality may be slightly poorer, the cover could also be slightly bruised due to
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