Selahaddin ve Kürtler: Haçlılar Döneminde Bir Topluluğun Kavranması

Ahmet Serdar Akturk


Selahaddin ve Kürtler is the recent Turkish translation of Boris Jame’s book that appeared as a special edition of the Études Kurdes in May 2006.[1]James attempts to analyze the Kurdish community and its influence on the decision making processes of the Ayyubid institutions during the reign of famous Sultan Saladin (1169-1193) whose armies challenged the Crusaders and whose rule stretched from Yemen to Egypt and from there to Bilad Al-Sham and the Upper Mesopotamia. Through a critical and sometimes unconventional reading of a variety of the medieval Arabic sources including chronicles, geographical works, and biographical dictionaries from the 12th through the 17th Centuries, the author tries to identify the leading Kurdish figures in Ayyubid Egypt and Syria and the meaning of Kurdishness in that period of the Middle Ages.

[1] Boris James, Saladin et les Kurdes: Perception d’un Groupe au Temps des Croisades, A Special Issue of Études Kurdes (Paris: L’Harmattan, May 2006).


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