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Feb
8
comment Was Saladin Agnostic?
Why was the tag seljuk-turks added? As far as I know Saladin was Kurd not Turk.
Dec
19
comment Were there bows employed by tribes living in the desert, and if so, what were they made of?
@DVK - I used to live in Saudi Arabia. And there are definitely plenty of trees in the less arid areas. The trees are smaller than the ones you would find in temperate climate forests (and I know very little about the process of actually making bows) but I would imagine that there would be enough. The second Caliph Umar is quoted saying "Teach your children horse riding, archery and swimming" that tells me that there were difinitely enough bows to go around.
Dec
9
comment Were there bows employed by tribes living in the desert, and if so, what were they made of?
From what Arabic literature I can remember, bows were made of wood. But you also have to remember that desserts aren't completely devoid of trees. There are always oases spotting the landscape growing up around natural water reservoirs.
Oct
13
comment Why did Saladin show kindness to Richard I?
The second point may very well be true. There is a story/legend that Richard sent an emissary with a gift. Saladin discovered that emissary was actually there to investigate the camp and assess Saladin's strength. Saladin was amused and allowed the emissary full access to his camp.