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Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb - better known in the Western world as Saladin, was the first Sultan of Egypt and Syria and the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty. A Muslim of Kurdish origin, Saladin led the Islamic opposition against the European Crusaders in the Levant. At the height of his power, his sultanate included Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Hejaz, Yemen, and parts of North Africa.

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Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb, better known in the Western world as Saladin, was the first Sultan of Egypt and Syria and the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty. Born: 1138, Tikrit Died: March 4, 1193, Damascus. Wikipedia

Miniature from a furusiyya manuscript. “A Mamluk Training with a Lance” Egypt or Syria; c. 1500

Mamluks were purchased, their status was above ordinary slaves, who were not allowed to carry weapons or perform certain tasks. In places such as Egypt from the Ayyubid dynasty to the time of Muhammad Ali of Egypt, mamluks were considered to be “true lords", with social status above freeborn Muslims.

The Turkic peoples entered Anatolia after the Mongols defeated the Seljuks of eastern Anatolia in the middle of the 13th century. After some turmoil, the Ottomans secured power. During the 14th and 15th centuries, they moved into the Balkans.

On August 27th, 1979, in Sanadaj, nine Kurdish rebels and two former police officers were tried and sentenced to death. Their execution by firing squad was documented in startling detail by the above photograph, published in Ettela’at, a Tehran newspaper.

folio 135. Two armed soldiers on horseback charging each other. Executed under the Mamelukes, in Syria or Egypt. Source: British Library, Add. 18866.

folio 127v. An illustration of a horseman with the edge of his sword under his right armpit, the hilt in his left with the reins. Executed under the Mamelukes, in Syria or Egypt. Source: British Library, Add. 18866.

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Wien, ÖNB, Cod. 2623, f.15r. "Cavalry battle between Saracens and Greeks under the Byzantine emperor Heraclius at Antioch in 632CE, in which the Greeks are forced to flee. Catalonia (?); middle of the 14th century.

Typical Syrian village women’s dresses, favorite of the Bedouin women and nomadic tribes. Kurdish women who lived in Christian Armenian areas did wear these dresses. These dresses were also worn by Muslim women living in Muslim areas in Lebanon such as Saida, Sour, Tripoli, Beirut, Bekaa, Baalbeck, etc.

SYRIA, DERIK : A fighter of the Kurdish of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) holds a position in a trench on October 19, 2013 in the Kurdish town of Derik (aka al-Malikiyah in Arabic), in the northeastern Hasakeh governorate on the border with Turkey and Iraq. AFP PHOTO FABIO BUCCIARELLI

The Yazidis are the largest ethnic and religious minority in Armenia. They are mostly ethnic Kurds. Many of them live a semi-nomad life during the summer months in the highlands around the Aragats mountain in Western Armenia