Peter Harrigan

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Peter Harrigan is a contributing editor and writer for AramcoWorld. As founder and editorial director of Medina Publishing, his most recent book is Addiriyah, Birthplace of a Kingdom (forthcoming, 2018). Although his publishing portfolio includes numerous titles on horses, he is still waiting for an opportunity to publish a book on camels.

Articles by Peter Harrigan

Milestones to Makkah and Madinah

Milestones to Makkah and Madinah

In 622 CE the Prophet Muhammad and his first followers rode some 450 kilometers from Makkah to Madinah along a segment of the caravan route that had long linked the Arabian Peninsula to North Africa and the Levant. In 2005 the discovery of an isolated monolith led to a 15-year archeological quest that has identified 55 similar and regularly spaced stones that appear to predate the ninth century CE. The discoveries are now helping locate with precision historic sites, thanks to the measure of distance between the milestones: 1,609 meters, give or take a few. Whether intact or broken; standing, fallen or partially buried, each stone is now being studied, and together they tell stories of history, faith and science.
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Camels: The Magnificent Migration

Camels: The Magnificent Migration

Beginning around 3,000 years ago, humans began domesticating camels in Asia and the Middle East.  Adapted for the harshest of climates and traveling long distances,  the camel's journey began  40 million years ago—all the way from North America.

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2019 Gregorian-Hijri Calendar – Camel

2019 Gregorian-Hijri Calendar – Camel

Herded, saddled, loaded by traders; cared for, sung about and even sung to—one-humped dromedaries prove extraordinary in deserts where the sun is hot; two-humped Bactrians rank no less in others where it is not. Let the rhythmic gaits of our calendar camels carry you along for the year.

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