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Perspectives on MaimonidesPhilosophical and Historical Studies$
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Joel L. Kraemer

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780197100714

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780197100714.001.0001

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The Early Decades of Ayyūbid Rule

The Early Decades of Ayyūbid Rule

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(p.295) 15 The Early Decades of Ayyūbid Rule
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Perspectives on Maimonides
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Joseph Drory

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780197100714.003.0016

This chapter reflects on the early decades of Ayyūbid rule, which corresponded with Maimonides’ early years in Egypt. The Ayyūbid rulers, while endeavouring to shape the country according to their tastes and preferences, tried to enforce an accelerated rhythm of orthodoxy. Their efforts were generally successful. But this was not the only effect of Ayyūbid domination over Egypt. As a result of Saladin’s own particular background, education, political tradition, and familial connections, his rise to power had further significant implications for Egypt. First, Egyptian involvement in the wars against the Crusaders was increased. Second, the links with other countries conquered by Saladin and ruled by his relatives were strengthened. Third, Egypt gained a predominant position in Yemen. Fourth, Egypt adopted the modes and style of government that had prevailed in the Muslim East ever since the middle of the eleventh century.

Keywords:   Ayyūbid rule, Maimonides, Egypt, Ayyūbid rulers, orthodoxy, Saladin, Muslim East, government

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