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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