34. This symbol, which is used in several Middle Eastern countries, is named after what former Egyptian ruler?
Answer to Egypt Quiz #34
The Eagle of Saladin has been adopted as a symbol of Arab unity and is featured in Egypt’s coat of arms as well as in emblems of United Arab Emirates, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Yemen.
Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub became Emir of Egypt in 1169 and went on to found the Ayyubid Muslim dynasty. He oversaw building of the Citadel of Cairo where an eagle was sculpted on the western wall, leading to its interpretation as Saladin’s personal symbol.
Following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, pan-Arabist Gamal Abdel Nasser introduced the Eagle of Saladin as the country’s national emblem.