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The Politics of the Holy War

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  • Date Published: March 1997
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2001
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521585620

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  • Saladin was one of the best-known figures of the Middle Ages. The West accepted him as a hero; Islam was indebted to him for the recovery of Jerusalem. In this book Lyons and Jackson make use of hitherto neglected Arabic sources, including unpublished manuscript material - notably the correspondence, both private and official, of Saladin's own court. Such letters contain fresh information on the battles and diplomatic campaigns that accompanied Saladin's efforts to be accepted by his contemporaries as their leader in the Holy War.

    • Presents a fascinating and accessible account of one of the most important figures of the Middle Ages
    • Offers primary source information on Saladin and the period through unpublished manuscripts and letters
    • Reveals the workings of battles and campaigns and the social history of the era
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'It is certainly the best book yet written about Saladin in English.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'Lyons and Jackson have produced a distinguished and extremely well-researched book … It has the added merit of being accessible … it reads easily and will be readily understood by the non-specialist.' History Today

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521585620
    • length: 463 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.525kg
    • contains: 8 maps
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2001
  • Table of Contents

    1. Early adventures
    2. Vizier of Egypt
    3. Lord of Egypt
    4. The shadow of Syria
    5. Independence
    6. From Egypt to Syria
    7. War and diplomacy
    8. Egyptian interlude
    9. Defeat and difficulties
    10. Consolidation and expansion
    11. Opportunities
    12. The capture of Aleppo
    13. Empire-building and the Holy War
    14. The end of empire
    15. Preparations
    16. Hattin
    17. The capture of Jerusalem
    18. Success and failure
    19. Crusaders at Acre
    20. The fall of Acre
    21. Stalemate
    22. Conclusion
    Plan of Cairo

  • Authors

    Malcolm C. Lyons, University of Cambridge

    D. E. P. Jackson

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