Saracen Strongholds 1100–1500

The Central and Eastern Islamic Lands

Saracen Strongholds 1100–1500 cover

Saracen Strongholds 1100–1500

The Central and Eastern Islamic Lands

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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.

Product details

Published Sep 22 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846033759
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 30 b/w; 30 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Fortress
Short code FOR 87
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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David Nicolle

David Nicolle is Visiting Research Fellow at the I…

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Adam Hook

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his wo…

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