↑A number of contemporary sources make note of this. The biographer ابن خلکان writes, "Historians agree in stating that [Saladin's] father and family belonged to Duwin [دوین]....They were Kurds and belonged to the Rawādiya (sic), which is a branch of the great tribe al-Hadāniya": Minorsky (1953), p. 124. The medieval historian ابن اثیر relates a passage from another commander: "…both you and Saladin are Kurds and you will not let power pass into the hands of the Turks": Minorsky (1953), p. 138.
↑Steed, Brian L. , Piercing the Fog of War: Recognizing Change on the Battlefield, (Zenith Press, 2009), 176;"Saladin was a Kurd from Tikrit. ".