Bedouin Poetry: From Sinai and the Negev

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Saqi Books, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 473 pages
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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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


Poems of Expression
Poems of Communication

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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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