October 30th, 2018

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John Man - Saladin

Read during : 2018.10.11 (ibis OMR, Chennai) - 2018.10.29 (305, Hyderabad)


Quote(s) of Interest (the dates in the brackets, if any, indicate the first time I read that section) :

... Arab coins found their way north as far as Finland, and Muslim merchants wrote cheques honoured by banks in major cities. One trader had a warehouse on the Volga, another near Bukhara in present-day Uzbekistan and a third in Gujarat, India. (Pg. 25, 2015 Edition)
... Al-Athir said that, of all Islam's rulers, excluding of course the first caliphs, 'I have found no man as virtuous and just as Nur al-Din.' (Pg. 56, 2015 Edition)
... Nur al-Din... was a worthy predecessor, even a role model, for the young man who would become his protege, Saladin. (Pg. 57, 2015 Edition)
... Damascus was always famous for its water-supply.(Pg. 59, 2015 Edition)
... The tenth of September 1171 was the first Friday in the new year of 567, according to Muslim calendar. (Pg. 110, 2015 Edition)
... Saladin's best weapon, as often, was masterly inactivity (Pg. 120, 2015 Edition)
... As with all effective leaders, he knew the benefit of symbolic gestures. (Pg. 122, 2015 Edition)
... They key element in Saladin's campaign was his forbearance. (Pg. 125, 2015 Edition)
... 400,000 litres, enough to sustain 1,000 people for six months. (Pg. 129, 2015 Edition)
... philanthropic Ismaili leader, the Aga Khan, ... (Pg. 129, 2015 Edition)
... which is about as fast as an army can move - some kilometres a day. (Pg. 239, 2015 Edition)
... 4 September (1187 <- my addition),  about midday, as people remembered, because by coincidence the sun dimmed and vanished... total eclipse. (Pg. 240, 2015 Edition)
... Can you imagine any general in any recent war making a similar request to his main opponent? Since the seventeenth century, war has become ever more 'total'; in Saladin's day it was partial, with soldiers doubling as farmers, generals as leaders of towns and castles. enemies who became allies overnight. Why, of course Balian could retrieve his wife, if he agreed to spend only one night in Jerusalem and to travel unarmed. He agreed; but when he arrived he found the city leaderless and so keen to keep him that he had to stay, with profuse apologies to Saladin for breaking his promise. Saladin, ever polite, accepted the apology, and Balian duly set about finishing Jerusalem's defences. (Pg. 241, 242, 2015 Edition)
... Some of his emirs who were there asked why he was weeping. He said that no one should wonder at it because the things of this world are merely on loan and are then recalled. 'And I shall tell you the reason. For just as I am now disinheriting other men's children, my own will find that after my death they will be disinherited.' (Pg. 248, 2015 Edition)
... Friday... 9 October 1187,... first khutba (sermon) in eighty-eight years. ... chief qadi (judge) of Aleppo, Muhyi al-Din ibn al-Zaki. (Pg. 251, 2015 Edition)
... bearing appeals for aid, including propaganda drawings of the horses of Saladin's army stabled and urinating in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. (Pg. 260, 2015 Edition)
... Emperor Frederick I, known as Barbarossa (Red Beard), (Pg. 261, 2015 Edition)
... Seljuks, being Turkish Muslims, (Pg. 263, 2015 Edition)
... anonymous author of the Continuation, (Pg. 269, 2015 Edition)
... Saladin frequently chose tolerance; Richard chose atrocity. (Pg. 283, 2015 Edition)
... The battle of Arsuf almost did for Richard what Hattin had done for Saladin. (Pg. 290, 2015 Edition)
... 'in all expeditions, he (my addition: Richard) was the first to advance, the last to retreat.' (Pg. 291, 2015 Edition)
... 'He was a bad son, a bad husband and a bad king, but a gallant and splendid soldier.' (Pg. 306, 2015 Edition)
... their drives spring from childhood patterns and experiences that have carried over into adulthood.' The successful leader carries enough insecurity to inspire a desire to change the world, and enough of a sense of security to confront this challenge without lapsing into paranoia, criminality or any number of behavior patterns that undermine his aims. (Pg. 322, 2015 Edition)
... Lord Shang and Machiavelli were all for duplicity, if it served the leader's purpose. That was not Saladin's way. Keeping promises is a fundamental attribute of good leadership,... As he recounts in his book Defeat Into Victory, 'morale is a state of mind', which must be created on three levels: spiritual, intellectual and material. (Pg. 328, 2015 Edition)
... Sunni Syrians and Shi'ite Egyptians...  (Pg. 329, 2015 Edition)
... Though hero-worshipped by Muslims at his death, Saladin was shortly afterwards forgotten,... Only in the late nineteenth century, with the rise of nationalism and Islamic internationalism, did Saladin once again become a Muslim hero.... The Turks had long feared that Russia wanted to dominate the Bosporous, because that was her gateway for her navy to get from the Black Sea through the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.  (Pg. 334, 2015 Edition)
... Lawrence, who liked to dramatize things, (Pg. 337, 2015 Edition)
... Mamluk rulers of Egypt... threw out the Mongols... Saladin's dynasty, the Ayyubids,... all this was done in the name of his own brand of Islam, Sunnism,... from Egyptian Shi'ism had sprung the Assassins and their murderous agenda,  (Pg. 338, 2015 Edition)
... Shi'ite sanctuary in Cairo that sheltered the head of al-Husain, the son of Muhammad's son-in-law, Ali (Pg. 339, 2015 Edition)