Saracen Strongholds 1100-1500: The Central and Eastern Islamic Lands

Overview

By the time of the Crusades, the Islamic world had developed its own sophisticated styles of fortification. Distinctive and highly effective, the region's unique military architecture continued to evolve in response to the Crusader and Mongol threats, and also drew upon the traditions of their foes and neighbors. The resulting Islamic concepts of military architecture had an influence upon fortifications in Western Europe, including Italy and the Iberian Peninsula. Rather than providing security for feudal ...
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Overview

By the time of the Crusades, the Islamic world had developed its own sophisticated styles of fortification. Distinctive and highly effective, the region's unique military architecture continued to evolve in response to the Crusader and Mongol threats, and also drew upon the traditions of their foes and neighbors. The resulting Islamic concepts of military architecture had an influence upon fortifications in Western Europe, including Italy and the Iberian Peninsula. Rather than providing security for feudal aristocracies, however, as was increasingly the case in Europe, Islamic fortifications continued to focus upon the defence of cities and frontiers

Covering fortifications as far apart as North Africa, Afghanistan and northern India, this volume focuses on the Islamic side of the conflict, highlighting the fortifications in use when the Crusaders sought to reconquer the Holy Land, as well as the eventual absorption of the territories of Byzantium into the Islamic world.

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"The author covers the wide array of fortifications built in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent by the Sljuks, Ayyubids, Mamluks, Mongols, Timurids... For those interested in the military history of the regions covered, this book makes an excellent illustrated reference at an introductory level." J.E. Kaufmann, Site-O / siteo.net (January 2010)

"One interesting point of this book is the influence of Moslem fortifications on Europe, especially Italy and Iberia.  For those willing to make the effort, this book offers an insight into European fortifications before and during the introduction of gunpowder." -Bolling Smith, Coast Defense Journal (December 2009)

"Overall, a fascinating look at these ancient constructs and how they fared over the years. As with other Osprey titles, this is one that I know you will enjoy reading." - Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness / modelingmadness.com (February 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846033759
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Series: Fortress Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1944, David Nicolle worked in the BBC's Arabic service for a number of years before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He has written numerous books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. The author lives in Woodhouse Eaves, England.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Design and Development 9

Egypt and Syria before the Seljuks

The Great Seljuks and their rivals

Atabegs and the Seljuks' successors

Anatolian Seljuks and Ayyubids

The Mamluks

The Mongols and after

Islamic India

The Living Sites 30

Egypt and Syria before the Seljuks

Seljuks and Atabegs

The Ayyubids

Mamluks, Mongols and Timurids

The Sites at War 41

The Middle East before the Seljuks

The Great Seljuks

Ayyubids and Mamluks

The Mongols and after

Aftermath 56

Bibliography 61

Index 64

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