“Vezir of Egypt, 1169-1171” Saladin And The Crusades, from Lane-Poole, Part II, Chapter VII


Excerpt from Chapter VII: “… Saladin had been dragged to Egypt against his will, foreseeing nothing but misery; and now the very step he had tried to avoid was to lead him to the pinnacle of fame. The Prophet indeed said truly, “God will make men wonder when they see folk hauled to Paradise in chains.” In such happy bonds was Saladin led to the throne. The Fatimid Caliph chose him from among all the Syrian captains to be the successor of his uncle, and on the 26th of March, 1169, three days after Shirkuh’s death, he was invested with the mantle of vezir and decorated with the title el-Malik en-Nasir, “The King Strong to aid”…”

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Illustration – Eagle sculptured on the wall of the Citadel of Cairo:


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