Saladin: Warrior Who Defended His People
Flora Geyer's informative, accessible book tells the story of the Crusades from a Muslim point of view. The narrative follows Saladin from his birth into a prominent Kurdish family in Tikrit, Mesopotamia, in 1138. His formative military career leads to Saladin's appointment as vizier of Egypt at 31. After revitalizing the Egyptian economy, Saladin initiates campaigns against smaller Muslim states, eventually uniting Islamic forces and dispelling rivalries that had long hampered the Muslim resistance to the Crusades. Inspired by intense devotion to jihad, or "holy war," Saladin's army recaptures the holy city of Jerusalem after 88 years of Christian occupation.
|Lexile ® Measure||NA|
|Product Type||Hardcover Books|
|Primary Contributor||Flora Geyer|
|Age Groups||Ages 10 to 12, Ages 13 to 15|
|Publisher||National Geographic Books|