Ahmed ibn Tulun Video...

Writing Piece about his infleunce and accomplishments Apr09

Writing Piece about his infleunce and accomplishments...

Ahmed Ibn Tulun Ahmed ibn Tulun was the founder of the Tulunid dynasty that ruled Egypt briefly between 868 and 905 AD. Ahmed ibn Tulun was born in Baghdad in the Holy Month of Ramadan in 220 AH. He was originally sent by the Abbasid Caliph as a governor of Egypt but then established himself as an independent ruler. Tulun’s father was a Turkish slave included as a gift or tribute by the governor of the city Bukhara to the Abbasid Caliph al Ma’mun around the year 815. The Abbasid court recruited Turkish slaves to serve as military officers. Tulun was one of these officers that gradually worked his way up the ranks of the military to reach the Caliph’s private guards. By reaching this position, he learned a lot about the art of politics, diplomacy and military strategies. After coming to power as the ruler of Egypt, his achievements were clear and benefited Egypt economically. His economic policies entailed agricultural advancement by improving Egyptian agriculture significantly and then enforcing high taxes that were tolerated by the farmers and greatly benefitted the government at the same time. During his rule, Ahmed ibn Tulun built a prestigious mosque located in Cairo, Egypt. It is debated to be the oldest mosque in Cairo that his maintained its original form since it was built and hasn’t suffered any collapses or breakdowns. It is also debated to be the largest mosque in Cairo in terms of the area of land it engulfs. Parts of the James Bond film, “The Spy Who Loved Me”, were filmed at the mosque. The mosque was also the setting in the game, “Serious Sam 3”. Unfortunately, information about Ahmed Ibn Tulun is limited and sources about him to do not describe much of...