A seminar in the Department of Islamic and Middle East Studies at the University of Edinburgh which may be of interest to our readers.
It takes place on Monday 23 March 2015, 5.30pm, at 19 George Square, Room G2.
Venue location: http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps?building=16-27-george-square
Professor Carole Hillenbrand, Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh
The return of Jerusalem to Muslim rule: the Holy City in the time of Saladin and his family (1187-1250)
This presentation unfolds the melancholy tale which traces the fate of Jerusalem from the glory days of Saladin to its sack by the Central Asian Khwarizmians some fifty years later and its conquest and restoration by the Mamluks in 1250. In particular, it contrasts the magnificent obsession of Saladin with Jerusalem as a symbol of Muslim devotion and successful jihad with the cynical opportunism of his descendants, for whom Jerusalem was sometimes a mere pawn in a power struggle engulfing the entire Middle East. This sorry tale of climax and anti-climax involves some of the key players in the politics of the time, including Saladin himself, Frederick II of Sicily and the Ayyubid sultan al-Kamil.