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Ayyubids, en-Nasir Salah ed-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub (Saladin), 564-589AH (1169-1193AD), AV Dinar, 580AH (1184-5AD), el-Iskandariya (Alexandria, Egypt).
Yusuf ibn Ayyub was a Sunni Kurd, sent with his uncle to the Ishma'ili Shia court of the Fatimid Caliph el-Adid in Cairo, by Nur ed-Din Mahmud, the Zengid ruler of Aleppo in Syria. He rapidly rose in rank through his military abilities against the Crusaders, eventually to become vizier to the Caliph. In that position he gradually undermined the Fatimid state, and, on the death of el-Adid, abolished the Ishma'ili Caliphate, and turned the state to the cause of the Sunni Caliph in Baghdad. He then conquered the lands of the Zengids in Syria in the 1170s, and the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, giving it a crushing defeat under Guy of Lusignan at the Battle of the Horns of Hattin in 1187, bringing Jerusalem back into Moslem hands. He is buried in Damascus in a Mausoleum next to the Omayyad Mosque.
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