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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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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.

A Visit to Lalish - Spirtual Home of the Yezidi Faith. From the Wikipedia: "The Yazidi (also Yezidi, Kurdish: ئێزیدی or Êzidî) are a Kurdish ethnoreligious group with Indo-Iranian roots. They currently live primarily in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq. Additional communities in Transcaucasia, Armenia, Turkey, and Syria have been in decline since the 1990s, their members having emigrated to Europe, especially to Germany.

folio 132v. An illustration of a horseman with a sword in his right hand, its blade on his left shoulder. He is also holding a sword in his left hand, its blade under his right armpit. Executed under the Mamelukes, in Syria or Egypt. Source: British Library, Add. 18866.

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.

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