I wanted to get this scanned in and uploaded before I head out to Cedar Point tommorow.
Depicted are two mamelukes drawn in pencile, then over again with pencil. The shading is a mix between hatching and cross-hatching (with some idle scribbling to make the dark-light looking chain). The writting at the top is Mameluk and my name in Arabic.
A Mameluk is basically a slave-soldier employed throughout most of the islamic world from the ninth century to the nineteeth century. Mamelukes were bought as slaves when they were boys (normally from Turkey). They were then tought to read and write, then tought to fight and enrolled in the military. Although slaves they were considered a class above true slaves in that they were allowed to carrey weapons.
As a warrior-class Mamelukes were long lived, lasting for a thousand years. They held both military and political power and many of them could become Sultans, Amirs or Behs (minor lords).