This past August, I bought a copy of the two volume edition of the Raswan Index at the auction of the Al Khamsa Convention in Colorado.
It has several plates of photos of Arabic language lists of Arabian horses with price, name, sex, strain, sire, dam, color, markings, and a person’s name at the end, either the horse’s buyer or his seller. According to Raswan, these are photos of the Ali Pasha Sharif herd book. In that case, it would be the list of horses he purchased at the Abbas Pasha sale and from various other people. But there are too many different people names of people, most Egyptian notables but also some foreigners, and to me these lists could as well be sales list of Abbas Pasha horses.
Whether they are sales lists or purchase lists, they figure many, many easily recognizable, often well-known Abbas Pasha horses of the first generation (i.e., desert breds from Arabia), second generation (direct offspring of desert breds), and even third generation. Most immediately noticeable is how often the stallion Ghadir, or “the Saqlawi stallion of Ghadir” figures on these lists as a sire and grand sire of many of these horses, alongside horses like Sueyd. Ghadir appears to have been the senior stallion of the Abbas Pasha studs, something confirmed by Von Hugel.
Another observation that jumps at you if the number of horses from Abbas Pasha’s favorite, most treasured strains, as listed at the beginning of the Abbas Pasha Manuscript: Dahman (both Shahwan and Najib); Saqlawi (both Jadran and Ubayri/Marighi); Kuhaylan al-Mimrah; Kuhaylan al-Tamri; Kuhaylan al-Nawwaq and Kuhaylan Jallabi; and to a lesser extent, Kuhaylan Harqan; Kuhaylan Aafes; Kuhaylan Abu Maarif; Jazian; Ubayyan; and Hamdani Simri.
Recently I have been mining these lists, trying to read through the faint Arabic calligraphy, and I believe I have stumbled upon some remarkable findings, which I believe will help extend the pedigrees of several Abbas Pasha and Ali Pasha Sharif horses and their modern descendants back to their original desert bred antecedents.
Now here’s the first find, and it concerns Selma (AP), the dam of Sobha (APS), and grand-dam of Seyal (and hence, Berk, Ribal, Ghadaf, etc) and Selma II (hence Sotamm, Bint Serra, Kazmeyn, Bint Samiha, Nazeer, etc.). One entry in the list reads:
“1 blue [zarqa] mare hamdaniyah simri the mare of mughir ibn buraykan, from munwikh of al-kawakibah, her sire the chestnut shuwayman al-sabbah, her name salmah, shaker effendi of the daira of ismail pasha”
This entry is very consistent with entry 9018 in the Raswan Index on a mare named “Salimah”. However, Raswan did not make the link between this “Salimah” and the “Selma” of Abbas Pasha, dam of Sobha. He thought they were two different mares. I believe “Salimah” of Raswan Index entry 9018, Selma of Abbas Pasha dam of Sobha, and “Salmah” in the list entry above are one and the same mare.
Accordingly, I believe we now have a sire strain and color for Selma (AP), dam of Sobha, etc: a chestnut Shuwayman Sabbah.