"[O]ne man fights for the spoils of war; another fights that he may be remembered, and one fights that he may see his (high) position (achieved as a result of his valor in fighting)."
— Hadith Sahih Muslim
Arab armies of the Middle Ages found their foundations in the jund ("army" or "war-bands"), a core of professional warriors which were drawn from the local populace, and trained and drilled to be highly proficient in battle. It was this type of new army, instilled with cohesion and discipline which surprised the Byzantines who had hitherto looked down on the Arabs as cowardly desert raiders. The troops of the Muslim taifas of Iberia often consisted of infantry, due to the broken territory of the south which favoured light cavalry and light skirmishing troops, eschewing heavy armour for mobility and flexibility. The success of this style of fighting can be attested by the long presence of Islam in Spain, which lasted for well over six centuries.
- Light melee unique unit, has no armour but very good speed and very devastating attack, capable of ambushing even Knights.
- Jundi Guardsmen are best used as flankers and raiders, and if needed, the frontline skirmishers of your main force.
- Jundi Guardsmen are best used as part of a combined-arms force - do not let them be ridden down by cavalry.