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This paper presents an extensive examination of the life and influence of Saladin, including his perceived character in both the Western and Islamic world. Saladin is discussed in a broad historic context, particularly in light of the Crusades. The author notes that Saladin became the hero of the third crusade when he successfully defended Islam and ejected the Crusaders. The paper further describes Saladin as having a positive image in the West, saying that he stood out for his fairness and adherence to a certain code of battle. The author then shows how Saladin has been represented in literature, both in the Muslim and Western worlds. These images are compared and contrasted.
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Saladin (2007, June 29) Retrieved October 18, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/saladin-96311/
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