Using the travel account of the Spanish Muslim pilgrim, Ibn Jubayr, this article tests the statement commonly found in modern histories that Saladin 'unified the Muslim world', a view often based on sources close to the sultan's own court. Ibn Jubayr certainly admired Saladin (in itself a valuable test of his virtues from an outsider) but makes plain that the Muslim Near East was an immensely complex society with a considerable amount of sectarian tension.
|Title of host publication||Cultural Encounters During the Crusades|
|Editors||Kurt Villads Jensen, Kirsi Salonen, Helle Vogt|
|Place of Publication||Aarhus|
|Publisher||University Press of Southern Denmark|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
- Saladin, Medieval Islam, Travel