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The Crusades: An Arab Perspective is a four-part documentary series telling the dramatic story of the crusades seen through Arab eyes, from the seizing of Jerusalem under Pope Urban II in 1099, to its recapture by Salah Ed-Din (also known as Saladin), Richard the Lionheart's efforts to regain the city, and the end of the holy wars in 1291. Part one looked at the First Crusade and the conquest of Jerusalem. In part two, we explored the birth of the Muslim revival in the face of the crusades. And part three looks at the Battle of Hattin, Saladin's siege of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade.
In 1179, the Muslim Sultan Saladin launched an assault on the crusader castle of Jacob's Ford in the Holy Land. 800 of the garrison were butchered and a further 700 taken captive. The site remained abandoned for eight centuries, until the present, when the true significance of Jacob's Ford, about 50 miles north-west of Jerusalem, is becoming apparent. The program explores whether the fall of this fort was actually a pivotal moment in the history of the Crusades, as well as the wider struggle between Islam and the West.
The text embodies a belief that through invoking people’s desire of joining crusading and educating the importance of piety, they may one day reclaim the Holy Land.
In this episode, we follow the Salah ad-Din story after the Battle of Hattin and up to the arrival of King Richard the Lionheart at Acre.
In July 1187, Saladin’s forces defeated the armies of the crusader states at the Battle of Hattin. By the end of September 1187, Saladin had achieved his goal: the recapture of Jerusalem. For the first time in nearly ninety years the Muslims were in control of the Holy City. It was the shock of Saladin’s victories at Hattin and Jerusalem that prompted the Third Crusade.