As-Salih Ismail al-Malik

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Another as-Salih Ismail was a Zengid ruler in the 13th century.
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As-Salih Ismail al-Malik (1163–1181) was an emir of Damascus in 1174, the son of Nur ad-Din Zangi

He was only eleven years old when his father died in 1174. As-Salih came under the protection of the eunuch Gumushtugin and was taken to Aleppo, while Nur ad-Din's officers competed for supremacy. In Egypt, Saladin recognized as-Salih as his lord, although he in fact was eager to unite Egypt and Syria under his own personal rule. Saladin entered Damascus in 1174 and declared himself to be the true regent for as-Salih, and in 1176 he defeated the Zengids outside the city, married Nur ad-Din's widow Ismat ad-Din Khatun, and was recognized as ruler of Syria. As-Salih died in 1181.[1] [2] According to crusader legend, his mother was the sister of Bertrand of Toulouse, who had been captured by Nur ad-Din in the aftermath of the Second Crusade; a similar legend existed concerning the mother of Zengi, as-Salih's grandfather.[3] [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://islamiccoins.ancients.info/Zangids/ZangidsHistory.htm
  2. ^ The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades, Extracted and Translated from the Chronicle of Ibn al-Qalanisi. H.A.R. Gibb, 1932 (reprint, Dover Publications, 2002)
  3. ^ http://islamiccoins.ancients.info/Zangids/ZangidsHistory.htm
  4. ^ The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades, Extracted and Translated from the Chronicle of Ibn al-Qalanisi. H.A.R. Gibb, 1932 (reprint, Dover Publications, 2002)



Regnal titles
Preceded by
Nur ad-Din Zangi
Emir of Damascus
1174
Succeeded by
Saladin