The Life of Saladin by Sir Hamilton GibbThe Life of Saladin by Sir Hamilton Gibb

The Life of Saladin

bySir Hamilton GibbForeword byRobert Irwin

Paperback | September 1, 2006

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Saladin, the Kurdish founder of the Ayyubid Dynasty, conquered Jerusalem in 1187 and repelled the Crusaders. Though England's Richard I later defeated him, Saladin's legend has become enshrined in European as well as Middle Eastern lore.Sir Hamilton Gibb produced this short biographical account by drawing from two chronicles written by well-placed contemporaries of the fabled leader. Meticulously annotated, Gibb's classic is an essential reference for historians as well as an excellent introduction to a fascinating historical figure.
Sir Hamilton Gibb (1895 -1971) was a former professor of Arabic at University of London, University of Oxford and Harvard University. His most famous publications include Arabic Literature, The Legacy of Islam and Modern Trends in Islam.
Title:The Life of SaladinFormat:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 8.2 × 5.3 × 0.3 inPublished:September 1, 2006Publisher:Saqi BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0863569285

ISBN - 13:9780863569289

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Insufficient Sir Hamilton Gibb's "The Life of Saladin" is ultimately more of a survey of Saladin's career; it doesn't give a portrait of Saladin in the least and those parts that are covered are done only generally. Gibb seems more interested in weeding through the various first hand Muslim accounts from the period of the Third Crusade. In order to appreciate this book, one would have to know Saladin's life to begin with, yet, that contained within does not serve to expand one's knowledge much at all.
Date published: 2007-01-05