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The aḥdāth were local militias or irregular police found in Syria in the 10th through 12th centuries C.E. The aḥdāth maintained order and protected cities from outside domination. Though some later writers ascribed proletarian values to the aḥdāth, as an outlet of the popular will, many aḥdāth also fulfilled a more formal police function and in many cases worked in conjunction with the urban bourgeoisie.[1] The aḥdāth were utilised by the Fatimid dynasty in Syria in repelling attacks by the Crusaders.[2]


  1. ^ Stefania Panebianco. A new Euro-Mediterranean cultural identity. Routledge, 2003. ISBN 0-7146-5411-6, ISBN 978-0-7146-5411-9
  2. ^ Angus McBride. Saladin and the Saracens. Osprey Publishing, 1986. ISBN 0-85045-682-7, ISBN 978-0-85045-682-0