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Title: Mubarizun  
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Subject: Abdu'l-Rahman ibn Abu Bakr, Rashidun army, Battle of al-Qādisiyyah, Khalid ibn al-Walid
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Mubarizun was a special unit of the Rashidun army. It was composed of the elite warriors, who were the champion swordsmen, lancers and archers. In pre-Islamic Arab, Byzantine and Sassanian warfare, battles usually began with duels between the champion warriors of the opposing armies.[1] The Mubarizun (literally: duelers, also translated as "champions") were a recognized part of the Muslim army, whose purpose was to slay the champion warriors of the opposing to army to undermine its soldiers' morale.[2]

The Muslim army would typically begin battle with its soldiers first dressing their armor, assembling their units to their positions and lastly dispatching the Mubarizun.[1] Mubarizun fighters were instructed to refrain from pursuing any defeated enemy champions over two-thirds of the way to enemy line to avoid the risk of being cut off.[3] After the conclusion of the dueling phase, the army would launch its general advance.[1]

List of notable Mubarizun

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