Richard Saladin Research Paper

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Saladin was known as the great Muslim leader of the Crusades. This was because he successfully united Muslim forces and recaptured Jerusalem after its loss to Christian forces during the First Crusade. In spite of the bitter hostility, that characterized Christian/Muslim relations at the time, Saladin was more generous and courteous in battle and in victory. Because of this Saladin was admired and respected by both Christians and Muslims. Richard Lionheart called him a true knight (Burhan). This shows that Saladin would be considered confident because he knew what he thought was right so he acted a certain way but fully committed to it. Saladin would also be considered a risk taker because while in battle many would be ruthless and not worried about others but had his own approach and stayed calm. Also he is proactive; he took control of the situation and led rather than back down. However, “during the subsequent Third Crusade, Saladin was unable to defeat the armies led by England’s King Richard I (the Lionheart), resulting in the loss of much of this conquered territory” (Saladin). Saladin was able to settle a truce with Richard I. The truce allowed for continued Muslim control of Jerusalem. Saladin is a great communicator because he was able to put aside any problems and come to term with a truce to benefit his…show more content…
Raynold of Chatillon , a Christian knight, tortured and murdered Islamic caravan drivers regardless of a truce between the Muslims and Christians. When he was captured, Saladin personally oversaw his execution. However at the same time Saladin spared the life of another knight who had not participated in the act of violence. Saladin's words were: “Victory is changing the hearts of your opponents by gentleness and kindness.” (Burhan). Saladin knew when he would have to take action rather than spare someone which makes him open because he is able to see all sides to a

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