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Medieval Islamic swords and swordmaking : Kindi's treatise "On swords and their kinds"

Author: Robert G Hoyland; Brian J J Gilmour; Kindī
Publisher: Warminster : Gibb Memorial Trust, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The treatise "On swords and their kinds" was written by the famous 3rd/9th century Muslim philosopher Ya'qub ibn Ishaq al-Kindi. It was commissioned by a powerful patron of scholarship, the Abbasid caliph Mu'tasim, and the content of the treatise presumably reflects the ruler's general interest in his army and its equipment, and his specific interest in the technical aspects of sword production. In this work, Kindi
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Named Person: Kindī; Ja'kûb Ibn-Ishâk al Kindī
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert G Hoyland; Brian J J Gilmour; Kindī
ISBN: 9780906094525 0906094526
OCLC Number: 56461852
Language Note: Parallel text of Kindi's treatise in English and Arabic; commentary and critical matter in English.
Notes: Some text in English and Arabic; some text translated from the German.
Description: vii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: by Robert G. Hoyland and Brian Gilmour ; with an introduction by James Allan.

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Discusses the difference between iron and steel, distinguishes different qualities of sword blade, and different centers of sword smithing. This book refers to the Indian Ocean trade in steel ingots  Read more...

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