The Kurdish Ayyubid Dynasty (Xanedana Eyûbiyan)
- "Kurdish Heritage" is not limited to architectural remains in areas predominantly inhabited by Kurds. It encompasses everything that belongs to the history and identity of the Kurdish nation as a whole, regardless of that legacy's current physical location.
The nations "occupying" the historic geo-cultural area known as "Kurdistan" have always downplayed the significance of the Kurdish nation. They have resorted to portraying the Kurds as backwards, or as a nation unable of ruling themselves. They have presented themselves as "protectors" of Kurds. At times, they even denied the existence of the Kurdish nation as a whole.
Not only was/is their behaviour disgusting from a humane perspective, but it is also simply untrue. The Kurds, despite being numerically inferior to the Arabs, Persians, and Turks, have shaped the history of the Middle-East like few other nations could. From the proto-Kurdish dynasties of antiquity, to the Islamic dynasties of the Middle-Ages, the Middle-East would have looked completely different (culturally and religiously) if the Kurds were removed from the equation.
One of the most famous Kurdish dynasties of the Middle-Ages is the Ayyubid Dynasty, which was founded by the legendary Kurdish warrior, conqueror, and sultan Saladin. The Ayyubid Dynasty saved the Islamic World as a whole from being overrun by the Crusaders. Saladin rose to become the Sultan of Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Arabia. But he is not only remembered for his conquests, but especially for his chivalry and virtue. Saladin was loved by both friend and foe; Saladin was an example for the Crusaders; his level of chivalry did not exist among any of the European Knights.
It was a European, the German Kaiser (Emperor) Wilhelm II, who donated a marble sarcophagus and financed the Mausoleum's restoration.
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