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Seems they may be a little confused themselves, I would rather see something different like a Trebuchet then a poor relation of the Zvezda offering in any case...
Where does the Name Shaab come from? I know this device as a Petraria Arcatinus but cannot find it or anything like it called a shaab
Maybe an Arabic version of "Scorpion" but I cant say Ive ever seen a Medieval Mangonel refered to as such it seems to be pretty obscure, so probarbly no good as a description "Medieval Catapult" might be better...
The abbrevation SHAAB stands for a short message the crusaders wrote on the projectiles, like other generations of soldiers would do on shells and bombs. It reads:
'Saladin, Here's Another Airborne Ball'