REVIEWS

I received my copy of this book last week, and enjoyed reading it very much.  I commend Bachir Bserani and Kellie Kolodziejczyk on their monumental efforts with this book.  While I enjoy providing a translation from time to time for friends, I can only imagine the many hours required to write this book. The book provides several stories from the author's childhood in the Middle East as well as several beautiful artist's renderings.

The book provides guidelines for naming horses, taking into account both feminine and male genders.  There is a section on Arabic to English translation, as well as a section on English to Arabic translation.  Both are very helpful if one is to follow the Arabic tradition of naming horses.I really appreciate seeing the names written in the Arabic language as well.  It is much easier to follow the transliteration, when the Arabic name is included.

Bachir and Kellie, Congratulations on your book!  I will enjoy having it in my libraty and hope that many others take the opportunity to add this book to their collection!

Majid Alsayegh - USA

This wonderful book is a must-have for any Arabian horse enthusiast. Described as “a collection of Arabic names with translations and pronunciations especially for the Arabian horse lover”, this book certainly lives up to that description and more.Beginning with the philosophy behind the true naming of the Arabian horse and the origin of the breed, the introduction takes you through the world of story-telling within the Bedouin tribes and is well worth a read.

The dictionary itself is divided into two sections – Arabic-English and English-Arabic and the sections themselves are presented in the masculine and feminine forms. For example, the word “great” is Jaleel in the masculine form and Jaleelah in the feminine. Each word also comes with the correct pronunciation – useful for show commentators!

Full of quotes and beautiful photos, as well as the horse names themselves, this reference book is a beautiful journey through the Arabian world, celebrating the horse breed that we all love the most.

Samantha Mattocks- The Arabian Magazine, United Kingdom

I just wanted to let you know how happy our clients are to receive your beautiful book of names from us.  When a person buys a horse from us, we give the new owner your beautiful book to pick names for their new horse or for the babies their horse will have.  They love it.  Thanks for publishing this wonderful book.

Wanda Kenworthy - Paradise Arabians Ltd., USA


I just received my copy of the names book and it is beautiful.  I love the stories especially.  I have always found joy in the stories of how the names of special horses or salukis have come to be. 

Jane Taylor - Khamsa Salukis

I received my copy of your book.  It is a beautiful book, and so interesting to read!  I have spent the last 3 days reading  and rereading many passages in it. (the) illustrations are fabulous!! I am an English major, this I find literature, traditions, myth and lore from diverse cultures a source of endless fascination.  I particularly loved "The Story of the Horseman".  …I value wisdom more each day.  Thank you!

Roxanne W. - USA

I enjoy your book and review it almost daily!  Personally, I look for meaning in everything, especially the names of my animals.  Part of the reason I didn't register some of my horses {yet} is because I was trying to find the best name to suit each individual horse.  Now, because of your book, I have another problem - too many names to choose from. There is an abundance of name potentials!

I personally know how much work goes into creating a book, the long hours and deep commitment.  Not only did I greatly enjoy the content, but I also {enjoy} your quotes, the photos, seeing the Arabic spellings, and the cover, too!  I can tell you put much thought into your creation.

Your stories in your book captivated me.  In my opinion, you have a very natural storytelling ability that invokes deep emotions.  Something I know other inspiring writers try to capture, and do when they speak from the heart like you have done.  I was left wanting more of these stories, and yearning to learn more about Arabic custom.

As a young breeder, I appreciate your work greatly!  Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us through your book, leaving me wanting more!

 Sheila Bautz - Canada

I just received my copy of Authentic Arabian Horse Names and I couldn't put it down.  Congratulations!  It is a book that is long overdue in the Arabian horse community.  I have experienced the poor naming choices that plague the Arabian horse here in the United States.  Now owners and breeders will be able to name their horses properly with confidence.

I was struck by the wonderful stories about life in the desert with the Arabian horse.  I teared up as I read about Abou Mahmood and his beloved Rheemah.  The stories give us readers a greater understanding of why the Bedouin people hold the Arabian in such a high status…I expect that we will see great things to come from the two of you in the future.

Rhonda S. - USA

I have received my copy of the book…It is extremely interesting and informative and a really worthwhile reference for…breeders such as myself.  Congratulations…for producing such a fine publication.  I particularly enjoyed reading the introductory paragraphs about {Bachir's} boyhood days and …introduction to the Arabian horses - excellent!

Dorothy Brandie - Templar Croft Arabians, Scotland

I have received my copy…and from the very first pages found the book very interesting.  I do not have the 'need' to find names for my horses, but…being interested in everything related to Arabian horses, the history of the breed, etc., and being so 'fascinated' by Arabic alphabet and calligraphy, I have found it extremely nice to see these names the way they are written and pronounced in their original language.  This is really great!

A very good job and a very good adding to all Arabian horse book collections.  May I also add that this book could be very interesting for Saluki or Sloughi breeders or owners.  I do believe that Arabic names are really better for these types of dogs instead of strange-fancy names!

Paola M. - Italy

What a beautiful book! From the covers, both front and back, to the stories, the photographs and illustrations, and the comprehensive list of names; it is a resource I am proud to own. I am especially proud to have been a contributor, even in such a small way. I believe this book should be considered an “essential tool” for every breeder of Arabian horses and I thank Bachir and Kellie for their hard work and dedication in producing such a masterpiece.

Thank you both for the book. I LOVED being a part of it and the inscriptions you both wrote in our copy. Thank you so much!!!

Gary Kenworthy, Paradise Arabians. LTD.
 

The long-awaited follow up to the successful 2004 book Authentic Arabian Horse Names, this latest volume is fully extended and expanded, as well as including a selection of beautiful stories from the Middle Eastern Desert.

The only book available in English which allows breeders to select the name of their foal based on traits, both in the male and female, Authentic Arabian Horse Names Volume II also allows researchers to learn the meaning of their Arabian horse’s name.

What makes this volume so special are the tales; from The Bedouin Custom of Naming the Arabian Horse, author Bachir Bserani takes us on a journey through Arabia through a life shared with horses. Of particular interest is the feature on The Arabian Dancing Horse, which tells of the history of this remarkable feat. Also, staying true to the intentions of the book, Guidelines to Follow when Choosing an Arabian Name is invaluable; did you know, for example, that it is considered bad luck to name a foal before it is born?

If you enjoyed the first volume, then this surpasses its offering. Beautifully illustrated throughout with paintings of Arabian horses, this hardback book covers over 200 pages. More of a complete guide to the Bedouin and their horses, this new edition is certainly worth buying and with foaling season just around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better to add this to your collection.selection of beautiful stories from the Middle Eastern Desert.
The only book available in English which allows breeders to select the name of their foal based on traits, both in the male and female, Authentic Arabian Horse Names Volume II also allows researchers to learn the meaning of their Arabian horse’s name.

What makes this volume so special are the tales; from The Bedouin Custom of Naming the Arabian Horse, author Bachir Bserani takes us on a journey through Arabia through a life shared with horses.

Of particular interest is the feature on The Arabian Dancing Horse, which tells of the history of this remarkable feat. Also, staying true to the intentions of the book, Guidelines to Follow when Choosing an Arabian Name is invaluable; did you know, for example, that it is considered bad luck to name a foal before it is born?
If you enjoyed the first volume, then this surpasses its offering. Beautifully illustrated throughout with paintings of Arabian horses, this hardback book covers over 200 pages. More of a complete guide to the Bedouin and their horses, this new edition is certainly worth buying and with foaling season just around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better to add this to your collection.

Samantha Mattocks THE ARABIAN MAGAZINE, United Kingdom

Absolutely fantastic books and beautiful enough to add to any collection! The history and stories contained in each book make them wonderful to read from start to finish. When you reach the names list they provide not only the name with translation, but they also provide pronunciation! I have never before seen all of this information provided in one location. I think that these books will allow breeders everywhere to finally start using authentic names more often and with confidence. Thank you for providing this wonderful resource!!!

Veronica Allman, Arabian Select  - USA