10-Minute Talks: Saladin and the Crusades – medieval and modern perspectives

by Professor Carole Hillenbrand FBA

3 Feb 2021

The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.

What has been the legacy of the Crusades in Europe and across the Muslim world in modern times? Why is the evolution of the Saladin legend throughout history so remarkable? In this talk, Carole Hillenbrand  argues that whilst the word ‘crusade’ is still used today with little heed to the historical context in which it first appeared, it is abundantly clear at both a scholarly and more popular level that there is now a continuing and genuine interest in discovering more about the phenomenon of the Crusades in the Middle Ages and especially Islamic perspectives.

Her article, ‘The evolution of the Saladin legend in the West’ (2006) is available.

Speaker: Professor Carole Hillenbrand FBA, Professor of Islamic History, University of St Andrews; Professor Emerita of Islamic History, University of Edinburgh

10-Minute Talks are a series of pre-recorded talks from Fellows of the British Academy screened each Wednesday on YouTube and also available on Apple Podcasts.

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Image: Saladin statue in Damascus, Syria.

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