Fighting, Hunting, Impressing : Arms and Armour from the Islamic World 1500-1850
Arms and Armour from the Islamic World 1500-1850
Kjeld von Folsach
Does Islam have a special approach to warfare and armsand armour? Do weapons from the Islamic world haveparticular characteristics?
Publishing in conjunction with an exhibition at TheDavid Collection in Copenhagen from 24 February to 15August 2021, Fighting, Hunting, Impressing discusses thecentral issues relating to Islamic arms and armour: thetypes and the different contexts in which they were usedin warfare, in hunting, and as symbols of social position.Other aspects include the roles of arms and armour in theQuran; their collection history from trophies to museumobjects; their inscriptions; and furusiyya-literature – themanuals for the chivalrous Islamic warrior.
The publication showcases 151 items of arms andarmour from the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires,in addition to miniature paintings that illustrate howthe objects were used in their historical contexts, andsupporting essays.