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In the movie "Kingdom of Heaven", Saladin was portrayed as somewhat agnostic. He has been portrayed this way in literature as well, if I recall correctly.

Is there a basis to this?

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Why was the tag seljuk-turks added? As far as I know Saladin was Kurd not Turk. –  System Down Feb 8 '12 at 19:45
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Can we think of any reason why a major American Holywood motion picture would wish to distance it's hero from Islam?

Most of his portrayal in 'literature' is from Walter Scott and the Victorians which tells you a lot more about their attitudes to themselves and what they saw as important values than it does about an actual medieval Islamic ruler

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