[ sal-uh-din ]

  1. Salāh-ed-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb, 1137–93, sultan of Egypt and Syria 1175–93: opponent of Crusaders.

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/ (ˈsælədɪn) /

  1. Arabic name Salah-ed-Din Yusuf ibn-Ayyub. ?1137–93, sultan of Egypt and Syria and opponent of the Crusaders. He defeated the Christians near Tiberias (1187) and captured Acre, Jerusalem, and Ashkelon. He fought against Richard I of England and Philip II of France during the Third Crusade (1189–92)

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Cultural definitions for Saladin


[ (sal-uh-din) ]

A Kurdish general who conquered Egypt (see also Egypt) and Syria in the twelfth century. His capture of Jerusalem (see also Jerusalem) precipitated a crusade.

Notes for Saladin

Saladin became legendary for both his military genius and his generosity.

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