Nothing says "Arab" more than the Farasun Khafif or Arabian light cavalry. These units form the main missile cavalry corps for Arab nations and function mainly as ranged units (to annul the defensive bonuses of slower but more powerful camel cavalry). They are still weak like most light skirmisher cavalry units, such as the Greek Hippikontisai, but can acquit themselves fairly well owing to the speed of their mounts and the deadly accuracy at which they throw their javelins, and their additional hitpoints.


Although horses were known to the Arabs since time immemorial, they were very rarely used, and mostly available only to societies sufficiently rich enough to grow or import the fodder that they needed in order to function at their level best.