Appropriating and Re-Appropriating the Arabian Horse for Equestrian Sport: The Complexities of Cultural Transfer

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Abstract

For the past few decades a concern with heritage in the countries of the Arab Gulf has led to the reclamation of the purebred Arabian horse as one of the iconic animals of the Bedouin identity and to developing a thriving horse breeding industry in the region. While stud farms and equestrian sport events are intended to reinforce the Arabian identity of the breed, a closer look at its history demonstrate in fact the complexity of its identity. The complexity of cultural transfers with respect to horse breeding between the East and the West from the Early Modern period on, highlights the connected history of both the Arabian horses and the Thoroughbreds, and the ongoing cultural re-appropriation of both breeds as ‘native’ to the Arabian Peninsula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-338
Number of pages19
JournalSport, Ethics and Philosophy
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Arabian Horse
  • Arabian Peninsula
  • Thoroughbred
  • equestrian Sport
  • heritage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Philosophy

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