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Falconry was not restricted to Arabia and Central Asia, it spread across Europe with the earliest evidence of it in Europe thought to be in the writings of Paulinus (5th Century AD). It was seen as a symbol of status and power and was practiced by the Great Khan such as Genghis Khan (1167 – 1227). When Marco Polo visited, he found more than 10,000 falconers and falconry workers. Louis XIII of France had 140 falcons whilst Czars in Russia owned upwards of 3,000 falcons.
Across Europe, India and Arabia a love of falconry was shared. Right up until the 17th Century falcons were used as diplomatic gifts. It fell out of favour when hunting with guns developed. The tradition of falconry just survived in Europe and more recently there has been renewed interest in the sport.
Arab culture maintained and interest and love in falconry and it is even mentioned in the Qu’ran. There is a verse that permits falconry as an allowable hunting method. It is now considered a symbol of the region’s civilisation and 50% of the world’s falconers exist in the Middle East.