The Great Leaders Of Time

2360 WordsApr 22, 201610 Pages
History has been marked by the great leaders of time. In the middle to late 12th century, one man from northern Iraq by the name of Saladin (Salah al-Din), born Yusuf ibn Ayyub, shown in this painting, changed the course of history and still influences it today. Saladin lived in Muslim controlled land during the age of the Crusades. He worked his way up the military before taking power in during the Third Crusade. The Crusades saw and bred many great leaders during its time both on the Christian and Muslim side. The Christians saw the likes of Richard I of England, also known as Richard the Lionheart, and Frederick Barbosa while the Muslims had leaders such as Saladin and Baybars. Out of these leaders, Saladin dominates Western literature in stories ranging from the Dante’s Inferno to Boccaccio’s Decameron. Saladin inspired writers and rulers alike. Saladin himself grew up destined for greatness. He grew up under the rule of Arabic warrior Nur ad-Din. By the age of 14 Saladin already entered into Nur ad-Din’s service and received exceptional military education and training before being placed in charge of a garrison in Damascus for his performance by the age of 18 in 1156 (Walker). Saladin spent a considerable amount of time in the military under the service of Nur al-Din during which he was able to climb the ranks and make a name for himself. When his uncle died in 1169, at the age of 32 Saladin ascended to his uncle’s now vacant position as Chief Minister of Egypt and
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