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The Second Crusade, 1147-49: Essay Questions

4. How committed was Saladin to Jihad against the Franks during the years 1169-1187?

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Lecture

In this module, we think about what motivated Saladin to wage war against the Franks in 1169-87. Was he motivated by a sense of religious duty, or by his own ambition and desire to advance his own dynasty? Having outlined some of the key arguments for and against each position, we think about some of the primary and secondary sources that are available that might help us answer the question.

Suggested reading:
– M. C. Lyons and D. E. P. Jackson, Saladin: The Politics of Holy War (1982)
– H. Gibb, The Life of Saladin: From the Works of Baha Ad-Din and Imad Ad-Din (1973)
– S. Lane-Poole,Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem (1898)
– Carole Hillenbrand, The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives (1999)

Course

In this course, Dr Nicholas Morton (Nottingham Trent University) considers four questions related the Second Crusade, 1147-49: (i) How did the Crusader States survive and grow in the decades following the First Crusade?; (ii) Why did the Second Crusade fail?; (iii) Why did the Turkish resistance to the Crusaders intensify during the Twelfth Century?; (iv) How committed was Saladin to Jihad against the Franks during the years 1169-1187? In each module, we outline some potential approaches to the question, as well as considering the sources that are available that might help us answer the question.

Lecturer

Dr Nicholas Morton is a specialist in the history of crusading and the Medieval Mediterranean between the tenth and thirteenth centuries. More recently he has begun to focus specifically upon the theme of inter-faith relations between Christianity and Islam in this region. He has published extensively on topics connected to this subject area, writing a range of monographs and scholarly articles. He is also an editor for the Ashgate series Rulers of the Latin East.

Currently Dr Morton is completing a monograph exploring the First Crusaders' attitudes and behaviour towards the various non-Christian peoples they encountered during their campaign. This will be a highly revisionist work addressing many key scholarly and public orthodoxies surrounding the nature of Christian/Islamic interaction during the crusade.

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Morton, N. (2018, August 21). The Second Crusade, 1147-49: Essay Questions - How committed was Saladin to Jihad against the Franks during the years 1169-1187? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-second-crusade-1147-49-essay-questions/how-committed-was-saladin-to-jihad-against-the-franks-during-the-years-1169-1187

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Morton, Nicholas. "The Second Crusade, 1147-49: Essay Questions – How committed was Saladin to Jihad against the Franks during the years 1169-1187?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 21 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-second-crusade-1147-49-essay-questions/how-committed-was-saladin-to-jihad-against-the-franks-during-the-years-1169-1187