The Feast of Saladin

Equestrian statue of Saladin in the Citadel, Damascus, Syria

March 4 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:

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