Saracen Strongholds AD 630-1050: The Middle East and Central Asia [NOOK Book]

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The Islamic world drew upon a myriad of pre-existing styles of fortification, taking Romano-Byzantine, Indian and Chinese ideas to create a highly effective and sophisticated hybrid fortification that was both new and distinctive. This book examines early Saracen fortifications, covering their historical background, socio-political circumstances, and their role in protecting industry, trade and the frontiers of the Islamic world.

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Saracen Strongholds AD 630-1050: The Middle East and Central Asia

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Overview

The Islamic world drew upon a myriad of pre-existing styles of fortification, taking Romano-Byzantine, Indian and Chinese ideas to create a highly effective and sophisticated hybrid fortification that was both new and distinctive. This book examines early Saracen fortifications, covering their historical background, socio-political circumstances, and their role in protecting industry, trade and the frontiers of the Islamic world.

From the mayyad 'castles in the desert' of Jordan and Syria to the 'Round City of Baghdad' and the great gates of Cairo, this book provides an insight into the majesty of the Saracen forts, illustrated with specially commissioned artwork and cutaways, together with photographs of period engravings and images of the sites today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781782007111
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Series: Fortress
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • File size: 26 MB
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Meet the Author

David Nicolle was born in 1944 and worked for the BBC, including the overseas broadcasting service, before returning to university, obtaining his PhD in Edinburgh. He subsequently taught at Yarmouk University in Jordan. He now devotes himself to writing, and is a specialist in medieval arms and armor. He is also a frequent contributor to numerous specialist journals and international conferences. The author lives in Leicestershire, UK.

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on the Aztecs, the Greeks, several 19th century American subjects, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.Adam Hook lives in East Sussex, UK.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     4
The historical context
Design and Development     12
The early Caliphate and the Umayyad Empire
The 'Abbasid golden age Fragmentation and fortification
The Living Sites     40
The fortified cities
The Sites at War     48
Offensive bases
Castles under siege
Cities under siege and civil conflict
Aftermath     57
The Sites Today     59
Bibliography     61
Glossary     63
Index     64
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