By Dahris Martin
Dahris Martin, a tender American looking for sunlight, arrived within the holy urban of Kairouan within the past due Twenties. Befriended by means of the roguish Kalifa, she is welcomed into his circle of family and friends. one of the trustworthy is a different portrait of conventional Tunisian society. It tells of barefoot pilgrims and bedouin, the deflowering of virgin brides, spirit ownership and dances held for djinn. It sings the praises of the unsung: Eltifa the blind musician, Zinibe (who had a middle for the entire international) and the entrancing, dancing Aisha. Dahris Martin witnessed family existence in Tunisia from inside of, a privilege she stocks with out pretension, with affection and with a certain lightness of contact.
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AlKamil acted generously and tolerantly, granting the enemy free withdrawal and the restoration of the Holy Cross (captured previously by Salah al-Din in Jerusalem) in exchange for Damietta and an eight-year truce. And so another attempt to conquer Egypt, and thus to eliminate the most dangerous foe of Christendom, ended ingloriously after so much hope and initial success. Once the external threat was removed, the internal rivalry between the Ayyubid princes reasserted itself. Until 1227 al-Mu'azzam of Damascus successfully opposed his brother al-Kamil's claim to supremacy in the empire, and allied himself with, and later even recognized the suzerainty of, the Khwarazm-Shah Jalal al-Din, who had fled from his Central Asian realm before the advancing Mongols and was trying to carve out a new kingdom for himself in the Near East.
This forced Salah al-Din to undertake a series of military campaigns and diplomatic actions directed againt his Muslim adversaries in Syria and Mesopotamia before he felt himself sufficiently strong to deal with the Franks. Although the main theatre of operations was situated on Asian soil, Egypt became, and remained, the heartland of Ayyubid might. Salah al-Din was convinced that this country must become the chief centre of all political and military efforts, and must therefore be made able to defend itself against the Christians.
Thus a new political power that was to influence the destiny of Egypt for the next two centuries was born. The establishment of the Franks, as the crusading Europeans were called by the Muslims, in Syria and Palestine (apart from the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Crusaders founded separate counties of Edessa and Tripoli and the principality of Antioch) did not arouse much apprehension in Egypt, which was not directly threatened. Al-Afdal was concerned merely about the Syrian coastal towns, fearing that the Franks might gain direct access to the Red Sea and to the lucrative eastern trade.
Among the Faithful by Dahris Martin