Abu Dhabi National Library publishes “Camels in the Land of the Ancient Near East and the Arabian Peninsula”
Author explores nature of rapport between camels and humans, relationship that exists between them and environment, history, archaeology, travel.
ABU DHABI - The National Library of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture published a new book entitled "Camels in the Land of the Ancient Near East and the Arabian Peninsula: In History - Archaeology - Literature," by Dr. Hamad Mohammed Bin Sarai.
In his book, the author explores the nature of the rapport between camels and humans, and the relationship that exists between these two and environment, history, archaeology and travel.
Many researchers, scholars and experts, including historians, archaeologists, natural scientists and biologists have shown a great interest in camels, and the history of their domestication. They have also taken an interest into the beginning of camels’ use by humans into the different matters and aspects of life, whether social, economic, military or environmental.
The Arabian Peninsula, in particular, and the ancient Near East, in general, has been a fertile environment, in which the study of these animals, historically, archaeologically, and biologically, can be effectively carried out.
The reference to camels is apparent in the Semitic languages, and in the religious texts, namely the Torah, the Bible, the Quran, and the Hadith. Mentioned in Arab literature and poetry, the camels had always had a special status in the ancient Arab heritage.
No matter how different opinions about the history of domestication and its beginning maybe, there has always been an agreement that this part of the world has witnessed the domestication of the camels since ancient times.
The constant economic and historical presence of these animals in the region has proved the depth of their relationship with the Arab, Semitic, or Eastern man since ancient times until modern days.
The book delves into these topics and more. To accomplish his work, Bin Sarai relied on scientific sources and references from the University of Manchester, in the United Kingdom, and had the benefit of the Abu Dhabi National Library’s support.