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Turkic Warriors in the Abbasid Army during the Arab-Byzantine Conflicts: The Military Operations of the Commander Bughā-Al-Kabir

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Κωνσταντίνος ΤΑΚΙΡΤΑΚΟΓΛΟΥ
Κωνσταντίνος ΤΑΚΙΡΤΑΚΟΓΛΟΥ

Abstract


Αim of this study is to examine why the presence of select Turkic warriors in the Abbasid armies had little impact on the course of the Arab-Byzantine conflicts. The article focuses mainly on the campaigns conducted by the commander Bughā al-Kabīr against the Byzantine Empire and other Caliphate enemies. The small number of the Turkic warriors, as well as the difficulties encountered by the horse archers in mountainous terrains are the main reasons that there were no changes to the balance of power in the frontier conflicts.

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horse archers, arab-byzantine wars, Αbbasids

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