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By David Nicolle

The dramatic eruption of the Arab peoples from Arabia after their adoption of the Muslim religion within the seventh century continues to be some of the most amazing occasions in global historical past. by way of the top of that century they governed a country that stretched from the Atlantic to India, from southern Arabia to imperative Asia, overlaying a space a ways more than that of the Roman Empire. as a result conflict, a minimum of one of the nomadic bedouin, was once a typical point of existence. Complemented by way of a variety of illustrations, together with 8 complete web page color plates by means of Angus McBride, this distinct textual content via David Nicolle tells the genuine tale of the armies of the Muslim conquest.

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St. ) Apart from his different ethnic origins, this cavalry- G: The Abbasid Empire-the Frontiers: Traditional Arab and other military styles survivcd in Silver-gilt pl:JlL' probably (ronl Khuras;J1) or Tr:wsOX;W;;I, 8th c:cntury. Jorse has :J drop-noscb:J1Jd bridlc. lnd quiver hang {rOIn ,t second belt. llled Hunnish composite sryle. , St. ,burg) frontier provinces to which downgraded troops seem to have migrated. G1: Amb Anatolian frontier warrior (early 9th century) Written sources show that there was a great deal of similarity in the equipment of Muslim and Byzantine forces in eastern Anatolia.

Steppes. '13: Bedouin chief(early 7th century) There were no important differences between bedouin and settled costume in 7th century Arabia, though there were differences between north and south. Here a tribal sheikh has his hair tied up as seen in the art of pre-Islamic central Arabia. ar. His camel saddle is the same as those used by Arabs for hundreds of years, though it has been given leather loop-stirrups as indicated by stirrups. ) B3: Berber auxiliary (mid-7th century) Here an ill-armed tribal auxiliary wears a coarse woollen hailt and cork-soled sandals.

Az way-stations along the empire's main routes, mules being used in Iran, horses or camels elsewhere. Tbere may also have been a pigeon-post for urgent messages. 1arka:::. were from 24 to 36 kilometres apart depending on terrain, this being a normal day's journey. Government messengers could elearly go much faster, and documented examples include ISO km per day kept up for ten days, 75 km per day for 20 days, and an amazing 400 km per day for three days-though this surely must have been an example of pigeon-post!

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