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In part due to climate, Arab warriors are generally more lightly armored than their European counterparts. They prefer a cuirass or hauberk to full armor. They also use fewer and smaller shields.

Cavalry, because of their use of bows, do not usually carry any shields and even infantry, when they carry shields, use only target or round shields.

One type of armor unique to Arab lands is lamellar, which consists of rectangular metal plates fixed onto leather or light chain. This is available as either a cuirass or hauberk and is equivalent to scale mail.

Hans Georg Schaathun
Sun May 25 14:21:01 MET DST 1997