Shirkuh- Nur ad-Din's second in command (Egyptian Wars) 1163

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  • Shirkur
    • Who?
      • Vizier of Egypt
      • Kurdish general
        • one of Zengi's mercenary armies
    • sources of power
      • Nur ad-Din relied on mercenary armies
        • control
        • expand
      • mamluks
        • professional slave warriors
          • loyalty to only immediate commander
            • not to overlord
    • ambitions
      • Shirkuh= invasion of Egypt as opputunity
        • independent state of his own
    • Actions
      • 1163- Egyptian wars
        • prevent Franks from taking Egypt
        • Saladin= Shirkuh's nephew= second in command
      • Oct 1168
        • gains Vizier's trust- Shawar allies with Shirkuh against Amalric
          • Amalric attacked Cairo
      • Jan 1169- Shawar was assassinated
        • Shirkur made himself Vizier
      • March 1169- died
        • Saladin took over

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