Bedouin Poetry: From Sinai and the Negev

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Consortium Book Sales & Dist, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 473 pages
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The desert dwelling bedouin have always been a subject of fascination. Like other non-literate peoples, the bedouin have a strong tradition of oral poetry, which plays an indispensable role in their daily life. This work covers 113 poems which reflect bedouin attitudes to a variety of personal, social and political experiences. Each poem is tramslated 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. The author also devotes chapters to discussing the role that poetry plays in bedouin life, and describing how 'desert' poetry has persisted from pre-biblical times to the present.

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Bedouin poetry from Sinai and the Negev: mirror of a culture

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For over 20 years, Bailey lived among the Bedouin tribes of the Sinai area, gaining cultural understanding and gathering a fascinating collection of 113 Bedouin poems grouped into themes of expression ... Read full review

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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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Poems of Communication
Poems of Instruction

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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.

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