The renowned contemporary Arab historian of Islam, Dr. Ali M. Sallabi has
written a fascinating biography of a man who looms larger than life throughout
history, yet who remains largely unknown to people outside the Arab world.
Sallabi's meticulous research has effectively filled that gap in our knowledge.
His work is more than just biography, as the reader will see.
Volume One of Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi sets
the stage for the advent of the Ayubids as Dr. Sallabi describes vividly (and
with his characteristic candour) the geopolitical scene upon which the first
Crusades were acted out and their effects on the Muslim world in the twelfth
century CE. The author discusses the events and introduces the many interesting
personalities that played important parts in this real-life drama.
This three-volume work has been made more useful to the reader in this
English edition through the addition of a map, a timeline, a list of the
dynasties of the period, and a comprehensive Glossary.