The Arabian Horse

History, Mystery and Magic



ISBN: 9780500285626 Category:

Hossein Amirsadeghi


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.

Additional information

Weight 1515 g
Dimensions 25.4 x 30 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 16 May 2005
Number of pages 256
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi
Dimensions 25.4 x 30 cm
Weight 1515 g


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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.