Pakistan and Turkey have decided to jointly produce a series on revered Muslim general Salahuddin al-Ayubi.
Pakistan’s Ansari and Shah Films and Turkey’s Akli Films have signed a contract to jointly produce a TV series on the Muslim general. “A happy news on a blessed Friday night! Contract signed between Akli Films and Ansari & Shah Films about ‘Sultan Selahaddin Ayyubi’,” Emre Konuk, owner of Akli Films, tweeted.
Konuk hopes that the international joint project is beneficial “to our country and our art world.” The series will feature actors from Pakistan and Turkey and is planned to have three seasons.
This is a brilliant idea and a sign of the changing turn re soft and hard power in South Asia https://t.co/LwrxoPd2L0
— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) August 22, 2021
Earlier this year, production firms from Pakistan and Turkey had announced to jointly produce a historical series on Turk Lala, a renowned figure of the sub-continent who played an integral part in the Khilafat Movement. The series would be broadcasted simultaneously in Turkey and Pakistan.
Turkish director, Kamal Tekdin, who had directed the smashing series, Dirilis Ertugrul was in Pakistan for a five-day visit last week to discuss the series. The series Turk Lala will highlight the role of Muslims of the subcontinent in the Khilafat movement. The series will show how Muslims reached Turkey in 1920 to fight against imperialist forces.
Tekin Films had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dr. Kashif Ansari of Ansari Films and TRT Films which would lead to a collaborative project and Pakistani actors Adnan Siddiqui and Humayun Saeed will be looking over the casting and production from Pakistan.
Who is Salahuddin al-Ayubi?
Sultan Salahuddin al-Ayubi was a great Muslim warrior and ruler of Egypt and Syria. He is best known for recapturing Jerusalem from the Crusaders in 1187. Salahuddin was born in 1137 in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit.
In his youth, he studied Quran along with astronomy, mathematics, and law and received military training. In 1169, at the age of 31, he became the commander of the Syrian troops in Egypt and the Grand Vizier of the Fatimid Caliphate. In 1171, he abolished the Fatimid caliphate. Three years later he founded the Ayyubid Dynasty.
Soon, he moved to took over his control of Syria and later captured Aleppo in 1183 and Mosul in 1186. After reuniting Syria and Egypt, he marched against Crusaders, who controlled Jerusalem. He conquered most of the Crusader’s state and Kingdom of Jerusalem after his victory at the Battle of Hattin in 1187.
He signed a treaty of Ramla with Richard I in the June of 1192 following the Battle of Arsuf in September 1191. He died in Damascus in 1193.