Saladin By CheyenNe rios

Saladin, (1138-1193) came from a family involved in government a military.Saladin’s formal career began though when he joined the staff of his uncle Asad ad-Din Shirkuh, an important military commander. Together they went on military expeditions into Egypt to prevent it falling after the First Crusade of Latin-Christians.

In 1169, Saladin lured the Latin king of Jerusalem, Shawar, into an ambush. He was killed, and Saladin’s uncle became the vizier of the Egyptian Fatimid caliph. He soon died though unexpectedly,and Saladin was appointed vizier, earning him the title of “Prince defender”.It took Saladin only a few more years to become the sole master of Cairo and the first sultan of egypt in 1174 after the Fatimid caliph died in 1171.

What he achieved: Culturally - Saladin addressed the task of making Egypt once again a center of orthodox belief. He was kind to other religions though, since many of his admirers were Christian biographers. Saladin also created an example of chivalry for men to follow. It is said that the crusader knights learned a great deal from him.
What he achieved : Economically - Trade and commerce were essentially built into Muslim faith, as it was to Saladin’s faith. He kept up the religious rules for honorable behavior, because caravan trade and business demanded trust in others. Saladin looked at Egypt as a source of revenue for his wars against Christian and European encroachments
What he achieved: Socially - Saladin brought an entirely different concept of a city to Cairo after the Fatimids, because he wanted a unified, thriving, fortified place, but functioning internally with a great deal of commercial and cultural freedom, and with no private or royal enclaves and no fabulous palaces. He wanted a city that belonged to it's inhabitants even though he would be it's absolute ruler.

Where He lived

His Legacy

One thing Saladin left as a legacy to Egypt was his structures. Saladin's imprint on Cairo is still very visible today. He built many walls in order to enclose Cairo. He began with Badr's wall to the north and extended it west to the Nile and the port of al Maks. On the east, under the Mukattam Hills, he carried Badr's walls south to his Citadel, which was built two hundred and fifty feet above the city on its own hill.

Regrettably, however, though he may have shaped Cairo, little of his building work remains. None of his religious monuments have survived, and little of Saladin's Citadel or his city walls are left. The most impressive work that does still remain is the original perimeter of Citadel and it's. medieval character

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