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Old 3rd October 2017, 05:31 PM   #1
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Brother Phil with a Jordanian policeman in Petra, Jordan. Fully dressed in official dress. Please note the shibriya. Authentic although not very old.
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Old 3rd October 2017, 05:37 PM   #2
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Interesting.Is the dagger merely for dress or are they used in their police work and if so,are they trained in any specific type of knife fighting style ?
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Old 3rd October 2017, 05:46 PM   #3
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I believe it is only part of the dress. Not for real use
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Oh I would so love to go to Petra and Israel!

One of my pilgrimages in life. Quite envious........
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They are called "Badia" police and are the local, Bedouin police force dealing with local matters. Generally Jordan police force doesn't interfere in Bedouin communities unless a serious crime has taken place and leaves ordinary law and order matters to the "Badia." The dagger itself is often called "Badia dagger." Materials, workmanship and general quality of the daggers is low, and I simply didn't manage to find a good Shibriya dagger during my stay in Jordan. I attached a photo of the few examples displayed in the Amman Amphiteatre Museum.

PS: Petra is definitely a must see... at least once in a lifetime!
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Old 4th October 2017, 05:43 PM   #6
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Nice image!

Have to agree with Marius on the general quality of Jordanian shibriyas. Always seem to be crudely made. Anyone has fine examples to share?

I have one with relatively good craftsmanship made in Irbid. Images included.
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