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Old 19th July 2022, 08:48 PM   #1
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Salam, everybody.
I had a few questions about the swords the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is said to have used.
-What is the style of each blade? Are they all considered 'saif'?
-Is there any book or paper that you would recommend that covers these swords in particular, or provides an overview of 7th century Arabian arms and armor?
-About Al-Mikdam- can someone enlighten me on its history?

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Old 20th July 2022, 06:06 AM   #2
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Yes, there are .
Go to bookfinder.com and find
Unsal Ucel “ Islamic swords and swordsmiths”, a catalog of collections from Topkapi and Askeri Muze.
If you want better pics of some of those swords, same place:
Hilmi Aydin “ The arms of the sultans”

You will find there swords from the Sacred Trusts, brought by the Ottomans from Egypt in 1517 after their defeat of the Mamluks.
Apparently, Aydin published a big and heavy (9 lbs!) book “ The Sacred Trust”, but I do not have it. Also on bookfinder.com

The problem is with a very heavy overlay of legends and fantasy of the descriptions, dating and attribution/provenance of all the swords belonging ( allegedly) to Muhammed and his companions, very poor and often destructive restorations and refurbishings and subsequent theft of valuable details already in the 20th century.

But that is all what we have…

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Old 20th July 2022, 08:21 AM   #3
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We do know that Arabian swords of the period were NOT curved. That style came much later. The Prophet's sword was also probably not forked at the point like legend ascribes.


They are all 'saif' - that just means 'sword'. (of any style)


This is the most famous of his swords, definitely NOT forked.
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Old 20th July 2022, 05:34 PM   #4
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We do know that Arabian swords of the period were NOT curved. That style came much later. The Prophet's sword was also probably not forked at the point like legend ascribes.


They are all 'saif' - that just means 'sword'. (of any style)


This is the most famous of his swords, definitely NOT forked.
Thank you, Kronckew! Do you know where the myth of the forked Dhul-Fiqar originates from, then?
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Old 20th July 2022, 10:58 PM   #5
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Look here:

https://theislamicinformation.com/bl...i-ra-zulfiqar/



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Wiki does a good job explaining - the name implies a double 'something', some interpret it as double points, I agree with wiki it probably just means double edged, like the photo above.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulfiqar.
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Thank you both very much!
But about Al-Mikdam, if it is a later blade, what culture would you ascribe it to?
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I am not sure any of the Forumites here has enough knowledge or interest to delve into a very complex history of one of the Muhammed's swords. I would love to help, but Ucel's book doesn't even give personal names of the swords and I have no idea which one is Al-Mikdam. Sorry.

But I have a solution: get the books with photographs and texts and start an exciting adventure of your own research project. I guess that Aydin's 9lb ( 4 kg) volume has enough information and references to start moving.

As they say, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
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I've always liked "teach a man to fish and he can feed you for a lifetime " :-)
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I am not sure any of the Forumites here has enough knowledge or interest to delve into a very complex history of one of the Muhammed's swords. I would love to help, but Ucel's book doesn't even give personal names of the swords and I have no idea which one is Al-Mikdam. Sorry.

But I have a solution: get the books with photographs and texts and start an exciting adventure of your own research project. I guess that Aydin's 9lb ( 4 kg) volume has enough information and references to start moving.

As they say, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
Alright, thank you very much. I am indebted to you. I suppose I will make this my research project, then.

Thank you, again.
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I've always liked "teach a man to fish and he can feed you for a lifetime "

Globalization in full swing :-)
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I've always liked "teach a man to fish and he can feed you for a lifetime " :-)
Only if you have a handy lake/ocean...
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Old 18th August 2022, 10:45 PM   #13
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Here is an article on the Dhu'l Faquar by Ahmed Helal Ahmed Hussein. It's apparently well researched. Hope this helps.

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Old 19th August 2022, 07:10 AM   #14
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