People, Land and Water in the Arab Middle East: Environments and Landscapes in the Bild Ash-Shm

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Taylor & Francis, 1999 - Social Science - 458 pages
The result of twenty-five years of research with different tribal groups in the Arabian peninsula, this study focuses on ethnographic descriptions of Arab tribal societies in five regions of the peninsula, with comparative material from others. Having become aware of the depth in time of Arab tribal structures, the authors have developed a view of Arabic tribal discourse where 'tribe' is seen as essentially an identity that confers access to a social structure and its processes.
 

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Contents

Aims and Arguments Methods of Working
7
The Framework to Social Practice
53
Physical Environments Landscapes and Nature
97
Water
129
Land Use The Practices of Production Systems using Land as a Primary Resource
167
Buildings and Other Structures
239
Productivity Distribution and Consumption
289
Integration into Modernity
343
Appendix
397
Bibliography
417
Index
437
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