Did Muslim Survivors of the 1099 Massacre of Jerusalem Settle in Damascus? The True Origins of the Al-.Sāli.hiyya Suburb

Daniella Talmon-Heller, Benjamin Z. Kedar

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Abstract

This article retraces the genealogy of a mistaken contention, quoted and requoted by a legion of historians of the Crusades; namely, that Muslim survivors of the 1099 massacre in Jerusalem settled in the al-.(S)āli.(h)iyya suburb of Damascus. Actually, the al-.(S)āli.(h)iyya suburb was established some 60 years after the foundation of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1099, by emigrants from Muslim villages in central Palestine, then under Frankish rule. Medieval Muslim sources hold no evidence to the relocation of any Jerusalemites of Damascus in 1099.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalAl-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005

Keywords

  • Crusades–First (1096–1099)
  • Damascus
  • Israel/West Bank–Massacre (1099)
  • Jerusalem
  • Syria–.(S)āli.(h)iyya; Syria–demography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Religious studies

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