Coursing Hound of the East
Edited by Gail Goodman
As a celebration of the Saluqi and a tribute to the Eastern breeder, as well as a reflection on the Western history of the breed, this encyclopedic work will be useful to dog fanciers, horse lovers, and researchers alike. Every page is stimulating, dense with information, while at the same time being just plain good reading. For those too busy to read, there are over a thousand photographs.
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE CONTENTS
The Preface offers general explanations for and cautions about various aspects of the text as well as introducing the reader to many of the contributors.
Chapter 1: G. Goodman's Introductory Thoughts examines the major myths surrounding the ascent
of the Saluqi from ancient times to the present, including "breed-creation stories;" purebreeding,
pedigrees, genealogies; issues of classification and genetics; and the notion of isolation. An
unbroken thread extends from past to present but it is not spun from myth.
Chapter 2: A brief overview of the evolution of Canis familiaris and the Greyhound group, which
includes the Saluqi, is presented by J. Clutton-Brock.
Chapter 3: G. Rex Smith documents the association of the Saluqi with the Arabs from pre-Islamic
times, discusses the origin of the word Saluqi; the literature of the hunt, both poetry and prose;
issues of classification; ending with personal experiences of the Arabian Peninsula and speculation
about the future of the breed.
Chapter 4: The Turkish Tazi is presented by Edgar Berghaus who travelled widely throughout
Anatolia collecting information on local hounds, customs, assessment criteria, demands for
performance and hard data on heights and weights of varioius breeding populations.
Chapter 5: T. J. Clark traces the origins of the breed from pre-history to the present in the region of Iraq as seen through the eyes of archaeologists, travellers and estensive personal experience
throughout the pre-Gulf war countryside--meeting, talking and hunting with local breeders. Matingcustoms, gifting, unique local practices, and conformation are all discussed and more...
Chapter 6: Through the literature and extensive travel T. J. Clark searches for the Omani and
Yamani varieties of Saluqis described by the Hon. Florence Amherst ca. 1905. Clark surveys thestatus of the breed past and present in Oman and the lower Gulf region and more...
Chapter 7: Danah Al Khalifa, with exquisite detail ,insight, and humor, shares her experiences overtwenty-five plus years she has lived among the Arabs with horses, hounds and varied creatures and visitors to Danah Farm in Bahrain. She discusses Arab and Western attitudes and opinions about horses and hounds as well as a broad range of topics, and more...
Chapter 8: Collected directly from Bedouin informants, Clinton Bailey presents the Saluqi of Sinai inliterature, poetry, and lore. He covers such topics as Bedouin indications of pure breeding,
prevention of unwanted matings, belting or binding the loin, training youngsters not to kill the quarry,
Chapter 9: G. Goodman, Ali Miguil and T. J. Clark through library and field research cover in
depth the Saluqi--Saluki, Sloughi, Azawakh--of Africa including summaries of the doctoral theses
of Dr. Miguil, Dr. Guidicelli and Dr. Roussel. Moroccan, Algerian, and tribal Saharan breeders are
surveyed about their beliefs and practices. The tribes and geography of the Sahara are covered aswell as the classic and modern references to dogs by travellers and anthropologists and more...
Chapter 10: Looking back to the beginnings of the breed in England, June Applebee Burt traces thefirst desert imports those whose genes have survived into the present as well as those which were lost.
Chapter 11: J. Boutflower, R Upton, R. Hamilton, E. G. Walsh, T. J. Clark, D. Avery, and G.
Yocham focus on the performance aspect of the breed covering influential blood lines, general
coursing and hunting practices.
Chapter 12: By looking for the Eastern origins of American foundation imports as well as more
recent imports, Catherine and Carlene Kuhl have given history a fresh context. Desert threads aretraced through elaborate pedigrees from the earliest kennels into current show winners. Through thewords of those who knew the earliest representatives of the breed, through interviews with
breeders past and present, from the rarest to the most numerous, bloodlines are spotlighted,
brought to life for us and future generations and more..
Chapter 13: Eighteen writers from around the world share their experiences living with unique
desert hounds: anecdotal, charming, personal, and informative. Clearly the clever Saluqi takes
possession of all who presume ownership...
Chapter 14: Derived from twenty plus years of field study, reading showing and living with Saluqis,this chapter attempts to trace the origins of many Western attitudes toward Eastern coursing
hounds, contrast Eastern hunters with Western fanciers, extricate the breed Saluqi from its
entanglement with the Greyhound in ancient as well as modern times, explore the differences
between the behaviors and structure of a hound bred to hunt and one bred to course, examine thehorse-dog analogy and "strains", and more. Numerous Saluki conformation standards and tables of measurements are cited and discussed. From nose to toes to tail through history G. Goodman has explored attitudes and evaluations-- East and West.
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first edition: ISBN 0-9639224-0-8
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Dr. Gail Goodman,
4768 Franklin Rd
Los Lunas, NM 87031-9719
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