The Qaysariyya was a millitary unit consisting of 10,000 heavy infantry during Fatimid dynasty of Egypt, which was established by al-Aziz when he built a palace for his daughter and successor, Sitt al-Mulk(sixth Caliph of Fatimid Caliphat) as her bodyguard in 996. The unit was engaged during Seljuk-Fatimid-wars, first Crusade and Siege of Jerusalem(1099).
about my drawing : This is portrayal of a Bedouin foot soldier from Al-Qaysariyya unit equipped with Arabian straight sword with north african influenced features, turkish composite bow, common islamic/Arabian spear, dagger and wicked shield.
Nasir-i Khusrau, Relation, p. 138.
MaqrizT, Khitat (Bulaq), vol. II, p. 332.
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