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  1. Stefania Panebianco. A new Euro-Mediterranean cultural identity . Routledge, 2003. ISBN   0-7146-5411-6, ISBN   978-0-7146-5411-9
  2. Angus McBride. Saladin and the Saracens . Osprey Publishing, 1986. ISBN   0-85045-682-7, ISBN   978-0-85045-682-0