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The Arabian Horse

History, Mystery and Magic

Hossein Amirsadeghi, H. H. Sheikh Zayed bin-Sultan al-Nahyan


A gloriously illustrated celebration of the Arabian horse


Tracing the history of the Arabian (or Arab) horse from before the time of King Solomon to the present day, the text by Peter Upton – author, artist and internationally recognized expert on the subject – begins by explaining the myth and legend, the true origins of the breed, and its recorded development up to the time of the Prophet Mohammed.

The story continues with the role that the Arab horse has played in Islamic conquest and Arab history, highlighting the importance that Islam has always accorded ‘this most noble of animals’. Woven into this tapestry is the interplay between the Christian and Muslim worlds, illustrated by legendary and factual human anecdotes and peopled by fascinating figures and colourful adventurers, both Arab and Western.

With its unrivalled range of illustrations, a comprehensive list of Arab horse organizations, registries and societies, a glossary of Arabic terms and a useful bibliography, here is the definitive book, in both words and pictures, of the noblest breed in all the equine world.

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'Horse lovers will dote on this impressive, handsome volume'
Publisher’s Weekly

'Elegant, erudite, ravishingly illustrated'
The Times

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 30.0 x 25.0 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 300

Publication date: 20 June 2005

ISBN: 9780500285626

Contents List

Yemen / Oman / Abu Dhabi / Dubai / Sharjah / Saudi Arabia / Bahrain / Qatar / Syria / Jordan / Iran Turkmenistan / Egypt / Tunisia / Morocco / Spain / Portugal / Russia / Poland / France / Belgium Holland / Denmark / Austria / Sweden / Germany / Switzerland / Italy / England / USA / Uruguay Argentina / South Africa / Australia Comprehensive Bibliography

About the Author

Hossein Amirsadeghi is a writer, publisher, editor and documentary film maker, and the driving force behind many books, including Sanctuary, Art Studio America, Nordic Contemporary and Contemporary Art Mexico.

List of Contributors

Hossein Amirsadeghi, H. H. Sheikh Zayed bin-Sultan al-Nahyan, Rik van Lent Sr & Jr, Peter Upton, Hossein Amirsadeghi