Personal Profile Born: c. 1137-38, Tikrit, Upper Mesopotamia, Abbasid Caliphate (modern-day Iraq) Birth name: Al-Nasir Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub (westernised to Salah al-Din, or Saladin) Died: 4 March 1193 (aged 55-56), Damascus, Syria, Ayyubid Sultanate Reign: 1174 – 4 March 1193 as Sultan of Egypt and Syria Spouse: Ismat ad-Din Khatun Children: Al-Afdal ibn…… Continue reading Saladin

Zheng He: China’s Admiral of the Seas

Personal Profile Born: Ma He, 1371, Kunming, Yunnan, Ming Empire (South-West China) Died: 1433 (aged 61-62) or 1435 (aged 63-64) Other Names: Ma He, Ma Sanbao, Cheng Ho Era: Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Occupation: Admiral, diplomat, explorer, and palace eunuch Early Life (1371-81) A statue of Zheng He and his father in Kunyang, Yunnan, China. Unfortunately,…… Continue reading Zheng He: China’s Admiral of the Seas

A History of Christmas

Find out how Christmas and winter festivities have been celebrated through the ages, from 7000 years ago to the present day.