Bedouin poetry: from Sinaļ and the Negev

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Saqi, Feb 1, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 540 pages
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This book presents 113 poems, which reflect attitudes of the bedouin, a desert-dwelling, non-literate tribe, to a variety of personal, social and political experiences. Each poem is translated into English with an introduction describing its setting and with notes that clarify the cultural, linguistic and historical background. The poems are also presented in Arabic script and in phonemic transliteration. They are arranged according to their purpose: poems of expression, communication, instruction and entertainment, and poems reflecting the bedouin response to Turkish, British, Egyptian, and Israeli rulers from 1882 to 1982.

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User Review  - Lucy - Goodreads

Beautiful book, with the Arabic, the transliterations, and the translations, including some commentary and explanatory notes. Needless to say, my Bedouin friends were quite impressed when I could (at least) send them nicely poetic emails in Bedouin Arabic. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction i
15
Poems of Communication
72
Poems of Instruction
120
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About the author (2002)

Dr Clinton Bailey has lived among the Bedouin tribes in Sinai and the Negev for many years, has lectured on Bedouin culture and history at various universities, and is a founder of the Museum of Bedouin Culture in the Negev.