Silāḥdār
(800 words)

(a., p.) (“arms-bearer”). This military-administrative tide and function have a long history in the Islamic world, going back to the days of the Great Sald̲j̲ūḳ sultans, whose state organisation followed early Persian and ʿAbbāsid models. Niẓām al-Mulk’s Siyāsat-nāma , describing the organisation of the Sald̲j̲ūḳ state, lists the silāḥdār as one of the most trusted personnel in the sultan’s palace, who was directly responsible to the person of the sultan. As chief of the army’s arsenal ( zarad-k̲h̲āna ), where the armour and weapons were stored, the silāḥdār had a military unit un…

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Har-El, Shai, “Silāḥdār”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 14 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7028>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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