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Ayyubid-Crusader War
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Jerusalem
Battle of Hattin
Conflict:

Ayyubid-Crusader War

Date:

July 4, 1187[1]

Place:

Hattin[1]

Outcome:

Decisive Ayyubid victory[1]

Combatants

Kingdom of Jerusalem[1]

Ayyubids[1]

Commanders

Salah al-Dīn Yusuf ibn Ayyub[1]

Strength
Exact number is disputed.
Exact number is disputed.
Casualties
  • Heavy; fewer than 3,000 men escaped
Unknown
  [Source]

The Battle of Hattin (also known as The Horns of Hattin because of a nearby extinct volcano of the same name) took place on Saturday, July 4, 1187, between the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem and the forces of the Ayyubid dynasty.

The Muslim armies under Saladin captured or killed the vast majority of the Crusader forces, removing their capability to wage war. As a direct result of the battle, Islamic forces once again became the eminent military power in the Holy Land, reconquering Jerusalem and several other Western-held cities

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Tyerman, Christopher. God's War: A New History Of The Crusades. London: Penguin Books, 2007.

King Guy de Lusignan (Brother-in-law to former King of Jerusalem, Baldwin IV) was eager to show his strength against the Saracens and prove could fill in Baldwin's place as King of Jerusslem.

In Guy's eagerness, he took all of Jerusalem's forces to fight Saladin.

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