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Firearms of the Islamic World: In the Tareq Rajab Museum, Kuwait

Firearms of the Islamic World: In the Tareq Rajab Museum, Kuwait


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The first surviving reference to the use of gunpowder appears in a Chinese manuscript dating from 1044 AD. The formula for gunpowder was passed to the Arabs via India and Persia and its first use in firearms in Europe is reported at the Arab siege of Spain in 1324. While much has been written about the history of firearms in Europe and North America, their development in the Islamic world and their subsequent history there has been almost totally neglected. Elgood, uses the collection of firearms from the Tareq Rajab Museum in Kuwait to explore the subject. The collection ranges from Morocco to India, China and Central Asia, taking in almost every country in between. Elgood describes the artistry and beauty of antique firearms, focusing on the use of decoration and great craftsmanship as well as the technological innovations that were developed, and looking at the different cultures of the Islamic world.

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ISBN-13: 9781850439639
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 11/15/1995
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 10.09(w) x 10.11(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Naft and Moorish Spain; the Mamluks and their successors in Egypt; the Ottomans - Ottoman control and diffusion of firearms, the Ottoman adoption of pistols, the evolution of Ottoman firearms in the 17th and 18th centuries, the European arms trade with the Ottomans; the Maghrib - Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia; the Sudan; Arabia; the Balkans in the 18th and 19th centuries; the Caucasus and Daghestan - north-west Caucasus, Daghestan; Northern Syria and Iraq; Iran, Afghanistan and the Khanates; the Indian sub-continent - pre-Mughal India, the Portuguese in India, Mughal India, India in the 17th century, the British; India in the 18th and 19th centuries - Bengal, Pondicherry, Lucknow, Agra, Hansi and Jhujjur, Mysore, Rajasthan, Sind, Punjab, Kashmir and Kashgar, Bhutan and Tibet, the Arabs in Southern India; Ceylon and South-East Asia - catalogue of the guns and pistols in the Tareq Rajab Museum.

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