March 3* is the Feast of Saladin, who died 825 years ago at Damascus, Syria. Saladin was a military and political leader who as sultan led Islamic forces against European Crusaders. His victory at the Battle of Hattin in 1187 paved the way for Islamic re-conquest of Jerusalem and other Holy Land cities in the Near East. During the Third Crusade, Saladin was able to negotiate a truce with Richard I of England (the Lionheart) that allowed for continued Muslim control of Jerusalem.
In honor of Saladin, here is a suggested feast menu:
Learn more about Saladin:
*Some sources say March 4, but given the number of years gone by plus calendar changes, it’s hard to know which is correct. Celebrate as ye will.