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Saladin (Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub) is the greatest man in the history of the 12th-century Middle East. The founder of the Ayyubid dynasty of Egypt and Syria, he recaptured Jerusalem from the Christians and held it successfully against Richard I of England and the Third Crusade. He has been a hero in the Christian West as well as Islam. His biographers tended to idealize his character, emphasizing his humanity, his forgiving nature, piety, love of justice, generosity and courage. Some recent historians have seen him as more devious, more ruthless, and a lesser general, than was once thought.