Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Hattin (1187)

Today is of course American Independence Day, and best wishes to those who are celebrating that. But today is also the anniversary of the Battle of Hattin, the 1187 Crusader defeat that all but guaranteed that Jerusalem would fall to Saladin’s army—which it did, on October 2 (we’ll get there eventually).

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One thought on “Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Hattin (1187)

  1. Reblogged this on and that's the way it was and commented:

    Obviously today is the Fourth of July, Independence Day here in the United States. But around these internet parts it’s also the anniversary of the catastrophic Crusader defeat at Hattin, which led directly to Saladin’s conquest of Jerusalem and can therefore plausibly be considered the end of the briefly successful portion of the entire Crusading enterprise. Enjoy!

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