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Guy Farrish
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Paskal, I suspect you are going to be disappointed.

If you find the sculptor, and he remembers the precise source, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it is a generic ‘Islamic warrior’ picture for the period. Anything else is likely to be spuriously precise.

The terms you are seeking are largely describing variants of foot soldier – militia, raider, volunteer, mostly from Syria (save the Kurds and Egyptians).

If major visual differences did exist I’m not sure any easily accessible contemporary¬†European sources bothered too much recording them. Islamic sources seem generally dismissive of foot soldiers in the period.

Sorry to sound so negative.

You might have a look at some of the Coptic Gospels for illustrations of a range of 12th century soldiers from the region but again differentiating such nice divisions as you seek will prove challenging at best.