Imad al-Din Zangi was a Turkmen atabeg, who ruled Mosul, Aleppo, Hama, and Edessa. He was the namesake of the Zengid dyn…

Imad al-Din Zangi was a Turkmen atabeg, who ruled Mosul, Aleppo, Hama, and Edessa. He was the namesake of the Zengid dynasty.

Recognized as one of the greatest heroes of the Turkish and Islamic world, Imad al-Din Zangi was assigned as the Military Governor of Baghdad and Iraq in 1127, and also the Governor of Mosul by Iraqi Seljuk Sultan Mahmud.

He was also in charge of Jazeera and Northern Syria.

Imad al-Din Zangi aimed at ensuring strong unity and order in the Islamic world, followed by the preparation of regular and well-disciplined military troops to fight the Crusaders.

This power and aim had a significant effect on the ending of the Crusader County of Edessa by Zangi.

The siege of Edessa took place from November 28 to December 24, 1144, resulting in the fall of the capital of the crusader.

This achievement which was received with extreme joy in the Turkish and Islamic world and had a significant impact on the Crusaders in Europe and the East, leading to the Second Crusade.
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