Earliest Turkish Archery Manual”
Archery Treatise in Mamluk-Kipchak: Kitab fi ‘Ilm an-Nushshab
This book is a bilingual (English and Turkish) edition of Kitab
fi ‘Ilm an-Nushshab "A Book on the Knowledge of
Arrows," or Khulasa "The Essence," a late
14th century archery manual written in Mamluk-Kipchak Turkic and
composed during the Mamluk reign in Egypt. This work is the earliest
archery manual written in Turkish. This edition is based on the
only complete existing manuscript of the work that is
preserved in Istanbul Beyazit Library (Veliyuddin Ef. No. 3176).
many early Arabic sources described the incredible feats of Turkish
archers, our knowledge of their skills from Turkic sources written
prior to the 14th century is limited to scanty and sporadic material
collected from various glossaries and literary works. Thus, this
work represents an invaluable major addition to the existing knowledge
on Turkish archery.