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Ḥiṣār
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, siege. The following articles deal with siegecraft and siege warfare. On fortification see burd̲j̲ , ḥiṣn , ḳalʿa and sūr .

i.— General Remarks

Siege warfare was one of the essential forms of warfare when it was a matter of conquest, and not merely of plundering raids, in countries in which, from ancient times, most of the large towns had been protected by walls and where, during the Middle Ages, the open cou…

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Cahen, Cl., Colin, G.S., Bosworth, C.E., Ayalon, D., Parry, V.J. and Rizvi, S.A.A., “Ḥiṣār”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 27 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0292>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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