Happy Fourth of July and Hattin Day

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Happy Independence Day to my US readers (which seems to be most of you)! I wasn’t planning on writing today, but then I remembered that today is also the 828th anniversary of the Battle of Hattin, the 1187 Crusader defeat that all but guaranteed that…

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

Today is of course American Independence Day, but you know we’re not really here to talk about that. Fortunately, 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. So let’s talk about that instead.… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Hattin (1187)