Muslims Of The Third Crusade : Saint Or Saladin?

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Muslims of the Third Crusade: Saint or Saladin? The Third Crusade, occurring in the 12th century, was the epic battle between the forces of Europe and the rising Muslims in pursuit of the territory of Jerusalem. Saladin, the leader of the Muslims and the sultan in Egypt and Syria said “I warn you against shedding blood, indulging in it and making a habit of it, for blood never sleeps,” (Saladin). Saladin, leading the defense against the Christians, used this mindset while he triumphed in defending the Muslim’s territory. Yet, he also made sure that he and his men were thought of with great esteem, which is shown by when he exclaims that “I have become so great as I am because I have won men’s hearts by gentleness and kindliness,”…show more content…
Acre was the only thing that was obtained through this, and eventually only King Richard was left to attack Jerusalem. Jerusalem, being a highly symbolic city for the monotheistic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, was, and still is, a highly sought after area of land. Richard and Saladin, the most worthy of opponents, battled almost daily for the next two years. Even in this intense battle, savagery was very infrequently found on the part of Saladin. And perhaps because of Saladin’s graciousness, a two year truce was created between the two leaders. In this truce, Christians were allowed to visit Jerusalem, without paying any sort of tax or tribute. The Europeans were also able to retain the coast from Jaffa to Tyre. Richard, vowing he would not set foot in Jerusalem unless he conquered it, retreated back to his homeland, and allowed the success of the Muslims to continue to live on. Like the Bible is the code of conduct by which Christians should wage war, the doctrine of jihad is the rules that the followers of Islam are called to adhere to. In the Quran, jihad is described as a “holy war”, and it is declared that “permission is given to those who fight because they are wronged,” (Irwin 222; The Qur’an Al-Hijr 22:39). While this is true, jihad is also defined as “striving in the path of God.” (Bonner 2). So, it is meant to be something that carries both
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