Saladin (also called Salah al-Din) was the most modest and compassionate
Middle Eastern leader ever to live!
He is considered the greatest leader
ever to take on the Crusaders
[until Saddam that is].
He came into power in 1174 A.D.
At the time, the Muslims had been
kicked out of Jerusalem
by the Second Crusade.
They went into hiding and gathered their forces to attack the Crusaders
When they did attack, long hard battles took place.
Many people died and
more from the Muslim side
than the Christian side
because the Crusaders had a city
to back them up.
Finally, however the Muslims won
and took back Jerusalem