A REPLY TO PROFESSOR J. R. PARTINGTON PAR DAVID AYALON p ROF. J. R. Partington dedicates a very considerable part of his book "A History of Greek Fire and Gun?owdey" 1 (Cam- bridge, ig6o) 2, to the study of the role of these weapons in the Muslim world. I shall leave it to another occasion to comment on his contribution to the study of Muslim incendiary materials and firearms in general. Here I shall confine myself to the discussion of his criticism of some of my conclusions in my book "Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamlak Kingdom" (London, 1956) 3. My purpose is to demonstrate that his way of quoting and refuting my views diverges somewhat from the accepted rules of scholarly dispute, and obscures rather than clarifies the issues. In order to enable the reader to follow my line of argument and my comments, I shall here reproduce in full the main passage 4 in which Partington deals with my above-mentioned work and in which he questions my conclusions. He says: "Ayalon, who supposes that naft means gunpowder, makes these accounts speak of the 'first use of artillery in Cairo' in 1366, adding that in 1389-go, during
Arabica – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1963
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