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Mesopotamia was the region known as the “Land Between the Rivers”, the rich fertile land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers; ancient home of the Sumerians, Assyrians and Babylonians. These ancient civilizations gave way to the dynasties of the Persian, Greek, and Roman Empires. Today’s, Iraq was formed out of the Ottoman Empire provinces of Mosul in the north, Baghdad in central Iraq and Basra in the south.
The pre-Islamic record of Saudi Arabia is sparse as the desertification of the region coupled with nomadic oral traditions has made in depth knowledge difficult. The changes in the region wrought by the petroleum industry have exchanged the camel caravans and caravanserais for Land Rovers and urbanization. The life of the Bedu and his hunting Saluki is no more, the tribal strains that have existed for untold millennium are in peril as an ancient way of life fades.
Syria lies in the area that was one of the centers of the Neolithic Revolution, the time when man started agricultural farming and the domestication of animals. Today, many of the Salukis in the West today owe their origins to Syria, not least to the imported hounds of the famous Sarona kennel as well as Hama of Homs.
Turkey is a country that spans two continents and much of our modern history. The Ottoman Empire came to power in the early 1300s bringing longterm stability to the region and trade flourished. Turkeys geography is well suited to a sighthound as the Central Anatolian plateau is a semi-arid area with plenty of hare coursing. This is also true for the Eastern Anatolia region and Southeastern region, all which remain home to the Saluki today.