How was Saladin persuaded by the Ismailis?


How was Saladin persuaded by the Ismailis?


Saladin (1137-1193 CE), the first sultan of Egypt and Syria, was an Islamic military leader who lived during the Crusades. He led military campaigns in the Levant and triumphed over European Crusaders in the Battle of Hattin which took place in 1187 and led to the Islamic reconquest of Jerusalem.

Answer and Explanation:

The Ismailis are an Islamic sect known as the Assassins. They controlled nine fortresses in Syria during Saladin's campaigns in the region. In 1176, Saladin moved against the area in which the Ismailis controlled but failed to conquer any of their forts. Saladin's uncle likely negotiated peace between Sinan, the leader of the Ismailis, and his nephew.

Although some legends mention intimidation and threats as the persuasive tactics of Sinan and the Ismailis, Sinan and Saladin more likely allied themselves against the European Crusaders in order to gain a stronghold in the region. Therefore, the Ismailis' power of persuasion to ally themselves with Saladin was mutually beneficial, and the two groups maintained cooperative relations following their initial conflicts.

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