Matrak

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Matrak is an Bosnian-Ottoman combat sport based on sword and shield fighting. Invented by famous Bosniak statesman of the Ottoman Empire, historian and scientist Nasuh Matrakčija Visočak (full name in Turkish: Nasuh bin Karagöz bin Abdullah el-Bosnavî) in the 16th century.[1][2][3][4][5] It is played with wooden sticks covered with leather simulating a sword, and a wooden leather covered shield. The top of the sticks are rounded and slightly wider than the body resembling bowling pins. The game is a kind of combat simulation, and is played on a lawn. It was used by Ottoman soldiers as practice for melee combat.

In the television series Muhteşem Yüzyıl, it is shown as a combat-game.

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  1. ^ Salim Ayduz. "Nasuh Al-Matrakî, A Noteworthy Ottoman Artist-Mathematician of the Sixteenth Century". muslimheritage.com (in Eng.). Muslim Heritage. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Jonathan M. Bloom, Sheila Blair. "The Grove encyclopedia of Islamic art and architecture, Vol. 2". Oxford University Press (2009), p. 49; Nasuh Matrakci [Nasuh al-Silahi al-Matraqi; Nasuh ibn Qaragoz ibn 'Abdallah al-Busnawi] (b. Visoko, Bosnia... 
  3. ^ Corlu, M. Sencer; Burlbaw, Lynn, M.; Capraro, Robert M; Corlu, M. Ali & Han, Sunyoung. "The Ottoman Palace School Enderun and the Man with Multiple Talents, Matrakçı Nasuh, p. 23". Journal of the Korea Society of Mathematical Education Series D: Research in Mathematical Education Vol. 14, No. 1, March 2010, 19–31. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843, USA. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "International Journal of Turkish Studies, vol. 10, issue 1-2". University of Wisconsin (2004), p. 57; The famous Bosnian writer Nasuh Matrakci (d. 1564 in all likelihood) is represented by two manuscripts:... 
  5. ^ Halil İnalcık, Cemal Kafadar. "Süleymân The Second [i.e. the First] and his time". Isis Press (1993), p. 270; Matrakci Nasuh was a devfirme boy from Bosnia trained in the palace school. 

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