Figure 2: Miniature showing an Ottoman horse archer, one of the most feared warriors of the middle ages. Note the archer's skill at shooting behind him while riding a horse. (Source)
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Figure 1: 15th-16th century manuscript of Divan-e Shamse Tabrizi depicting Shamse Tabrizi playing chess with a young Persian prince. (Source). The Diwan-e Kabir (Great Work) or Diwan-e Šams-e Tabrizi (The Works of Shams of Tabriz) is a major writing of Mawlana Jalal-ad-Din Muhammad Rumi , (d. 1273).
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Figure 1. A group of school children practice martial arts formation under the watch of their teacher in the Great Mosque of Xi'an. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Chinese_martial_arts.
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