“The Conquest of Syria, 1174-1176” Saladin And The Crusades, from Lane-Poole, Part III, Chapter IX


Excerpt from Chapter IX: “…Now, for the first time, Saladin asserted his independence, proclaimed himself King, and suppressed the name of es-Salih in the prayer and coinage. This year (1175) he was prayed for in all the mosques of Syria and Egypt as sovereign lord, and he issued at the Cairo mint gold coins in his own name: “el-Melik en-Nasir Yusuf ibn Ayyub, ala ghaya,” “The King Strong to Aid, Joseph son of Job; exalted be the Standard!”

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Illustration: Silver Coin of Saladin Struck at Damascus in 1177

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