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    The History, Part 2: Build it up, knock it down

    by mafi_moya Written Nov 9, 2004

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    After Usama's death the castle was enlarged in AH 611 (AD 1214/15) by Aibak ibn 'Abdallah, major-domo of Al-Mu' azzam Isa. He added a new tower in the southeast corner and built the gate, which is decorated with pigeon reliefs. In the middle of the 13th century AD, the castle was conceded to Salah-ad Din Yousef ibn Ayoub, the King of Aleppo and Damascus. He restored the north-eastern tower.

    In AD 1260 the Mongols destroyed sections of the castle, including its battlements. Soon after the victory of the Mamluks over the Mongols at 'Ain Jalut, Sultan al-Dhaher Baibars restored the castle again and cleared the fosse. He used the castle as a storehouse for crops and provisions. 'Izz ad-Din Aibak was appointed governor and renovated the castle as indicated by an inscription found inside the south-western tower.

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    The History, Part 1: Saladin and the Crusades

    by mafi_moya Written Nov 9, 2004

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    The following is taken from the tourist blurb given out at the castle...

    In AD 1184 (Islamic year AH 580) Izz ad-Din Usama ibn Munqidh, a commander and nephew of the great Saladin, built a small fortress on this site. From its location on the top of the mountain, the fortress dominated a wide stretch of the northern Jordan Valley, controlled three main passages to it, and protected communication routes between south Jordan and Syria.

    It was built to contain the progress of the Latin Kindom in Trans-Jordan at the time of the Crusades, and as a response to the building of the castle of Belvoir on the shores of Lake Tiberias. Another major objective of Saladin was to develop and control the iron mines in the area of Ajlun.

    The original castle had four corner towers, with arrow slits incorporated into the thick walls. It was surrounded by a moat averaging 16 metres in width and 12-15 metres in depth.

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