Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamluk Kingdom

Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamluk Kingdom : A Challenge to Medieval Society (1956)

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This study of firearms analyzes the employment of such weaponry, dated more than 40 years after use in Europe, towards the close of the more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129 x 198mm | 331g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138975605
  • 9781138975606

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The early use of firearms in the Mamluk kingdom; terms used for firearms and gunpowder in contemporary sources - why firearms were called "naft", the "mukhula" and the "midfa", the cannon and the "manjaniq"; the attitude of Mamluk military society toward the use of firearms - firearms in the last decades of Mamluk rule, the casting of cannon under al-Ghawri, the renewal of traditional military training and of "furusiya" exercises, the creation of a unit of arquebusiers, the black slaves as arquebusiers, the fifth "tabaqa", Tumanbay's desperate effort, Ibn Zunbul on the Mamluk attitude toward firearms, other obstacles to the adoption of firearms, socio-psychological antagonism to firearms weighed against other factors, firearms as a decisive factor in shaping the destiny of Western Asia and Egypt; more

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