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By Timothy Dawson, Angus McBride

The Byzantine military used to be the nearest the center a long time got here to generating an army superpower. Having been knowledgeable to function in small, hugely cellular eight-man devices adept at dwelling off the land while on crusade, the Byzantine infantryman was once an impressive foe. equipped on a powerful trust method that emphasised stealth, shock, rapid maneuvering, and overwhelming strength, the Byzantine infantryman used to be educated in survival, sword, spear and archery recommendations, in addition to land and sea wrestle and struggling with in the foulkon "turtle" formation.This publication, written by means of Timothy Dawson, a professional within the education and methods of the Byzantine military, info the standard adventure of the infantryman from his recruitment, via his twice-a-day education regime, to his encounters together with his enemies.

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This innovation had initially been introduced during the decade of Egyptian rule in the region (1831--40). The law of 1864 further developed the idea of the participation of representatives of the local communities in government. Two new elements were introduced owing to the foundation of the councils, albeit in a restricted form: the participation of the subjects of the empire in government and the representation of the various religious groups in this initial step toward self-rule. The councils created another site of social activity and local power relations, mainly for the notable families of Jaffa and Haifa because the council members were elected from among them.

By analy,dng the legal discourses of gender, she shows that the Islamic legal system in early-modern Syria, although based on a patriarchal bias, was both in theory and in practice rather Acxible, sometimes even compensating for that bias. 11 The shift from the history of women to the history of gender has not been easy. In fact, the shift to gender analysis, which chronologically became an option in Middle East studies before family history, has in many cases never been accomplished beyond the level of the use of the title "women and gender" for studies on women.

A major goal of revisionist approaches to the history of the Middle East has been to challenge the concept of the stagnant and passive Orient, whose history was allegedly determined exclusively by external forces. The paradigm of Ottoman decline was only one aspect of that concept. For historians of women and gender, the agenda has been to revisit concepts of stagnation and passiveness twice: first, with regard to the Orient as a whole, and, second, in relation to the construction of societal groups in the ~Middle East, mainly women, as both passive and unchanging (Agmon 2004c).

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