Review – The Purebred Arabian Horses of Iraq: Myths and Realities

Pamela Burton of has reviewed The Purebred Arabian Horses of Iraq.

The Purebred Arabian Horses of Iraq: Myths and Realities, by Dr. Mohammed Abdulaziz
Al-Nujaifi, brings love and affection for the Arabian horse to this narrative.

Beginning with the trade winds of Bedouin migrations through many turbulent years of political
takeovers and upheaval continuing to the present day, Dr. Al-Nujaifi has compiled a history of the region through the Arabian horse.

A mirror of the region’s fortunes, the Arabian horse has served as the woof and weave of Arabic traditions, history and culture. The struggle of the country is also the struggle now to verify the ancestors of many of the horses that are foundations of today’s Arabian bloodlines.

Rated by statistics of the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) as the number one winning Arabian race horse owner in the world for 2010, 2011 and 2012, Dr. Al Nujaifi continues his family’s tradition as one of the premier breeders of Arabians in Iraq.

His book is a history lesson of the region, a documented research on the horses used to breed for speed, and the ongoing popularity of racing
in Iraq.

First published in Arabic, this new English language edition, edited by authority on Arabic culture, Peter Harrigan, and designed by Kitty Carruthers, includes new material and many recent photographs, including contributions from Peter Upton.

This book is a must have to include in a library of Middle Eastern studies and of Arabian horse ancestry.


6th November 2012


6th November 2012

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