Saracen Strongholds AD 630–1050

The Middle East and Central Asia

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Saracen Strongholds AD 630–1050

The Middle East and Central Asia

Description

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.

Product details

Published Nov 20 2012
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781782007111
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 12 b/w; 39 col
Series Fortress
Short code FOR 76
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

David Nicolle

David Nicolle is Visiting Research Fellow at the I…

Illustrator

Adam Hook

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his wo…

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