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02-15-2007 - History of Global Warfare Arabs Initial...

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History of Global Warfare Arabs Initial Success - Primarily infantry military (not Cavalry) Move to site on camelback - Ability to use the desert one of their weapons - Religious zeal in warfare-First Holy War? - Battles last for days- unlike other warfare - Ghazi (holy warrior)-innovation arising out of Arabic holy warfare - Several hundred thousand people in their army - 622-750 conquered most of the Roman Empire o Expansion leads to a need for more soldiers Slave Soldiers -need for man power upon their seizure of so much land -went out and purchased soldiers -Crone (author) what’s happening comes from 3 basic dynamics Tribal Society which conquers hierarchical societies Gained access to financial capability Group filled with religious beliefs that are apposed to hierarchy Like tribal authority Practical need for imperial troops to regulate empire Buy soldiers from outside the core of the empire Buy from the north (Turkish people) Steppe mounted horse army Mamluks establish their own society within the empire
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