Growing unity and success of the muslim world

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Growing unity and the success in the Muslim world and the rise of Saladin
To what extent did Saladin manage to unite the Muslim What impact did it have on the security of the Crusader
world? States?
October 1174: Took control of Damascus Less security as Crusader Kings are getting weaker
Spring 1175: Caliph at Bagdad invests him with the as Saladin gets stronger
government of Egypt, Yeman and Syria. Have to be very careful not to anger him
Unites all muslims under Sunni Islam, which has Reynald of Chattilon attacking a Muslim caravan did
dominance over Shia Islam not help
Late 1196: Saladin marries Nur ad din's widow, Lots of wars against Saladin ­ not good
meaning all his supporters are now loyal to Saladin Have a much smaller army ­ harder to attack and
May 1183: Aleppo surrenders defend
December 1185: Recognised as overlord of Mosul If they couldn't work together, they couldn't work
Secures borders so he can focus on Holy Land together to defeat the enemy
Gathered armies from Egypt, Aleppo, Jazira, Syria That was a big problem
What problems did Saladin still face? What successes did Saladin have over the Crusaders
Problems with Shi'ite Muslims and Caliph in Cairo before the recapture of Jerusalem?
Might not support him as another group of Muslims October 1174: Took control of Damascus
He was against Crusader States and sometimes Saladin attacked ­ moving passed Aleppo and
Byzantium ruining Ramala and Lydda
Survived 2 assassin attempts ­ someone out to June 1179: Marj Ayyun
murder him? Who? August 1179: Attacked a castle before relief army
REYNALD OF CHATTILLON was sent and got there
Caught at Montgisard unawares by a small army led Early 1183: Ordered Christians to be executed in
by Baldwin IV and Reynald. Muslim army routed towns and cities across his land to demonstrate
May 1180: 2 year peace between Saladin and Franks, himself as true defender of Islam
but it ended pretty quickly May 1183: Aleppo surrenders
December 1185: Recognised as overlord of Mosul

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Growing unity and the success in the Muslim world and the rise of Saladin
July 1182: Saladin used Egyptian fleet to blockade 2 July 1187: Laid siege to Tiberius, Raymond's wife
port at Beirut, driven off by Frankish and Parisians…read more

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