Perspective on fighting abilities

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    I don't want to make a judgement or comparison, but in another thread there is the claim by some members that French had military history which is unmatched.
    So, here another perspective.

    Self-praise isn't good, so let's see what Arabic and Persian scripture of the time says:

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Ritual-State-History-South-Asia/dp/9004094679]Amazon.com: Ritual, State, and History in South Asia: Essays in Honour of J.C. Heesterman (Memoirs of the Kern Institute, No 5) (9789004094673): D. H. A. Kolff, A. W. Van Der Hoek, M. S. Oort: Books[/ame]
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    The sources aren't given with time/year.
    But, you can read between the lines, that it is mostly about Turkic tribes pre-Seljuk period. Those who came as slaves and became king.
     
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    The system which emerged prefered Kurdish and Turkic caste of soldiers, in the beginning it was mostly de-tribalized mercenaries. Later on the tribes themselves took the power.

    Arabs mostly were only used as auxiliary cavalry.
     

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