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Bedouin: Nomads of the Desert

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A lavish photographic record of an ancient culture in transition.

For centuries, the Bedu have herded their livestock across the inhospitable deserts of the Middle East, their scattered goat–hair tents the only signs of habitation in an otherwise barren landscape. In this remarkable photographic essay, Alan Keohane keenly observes the details of nomadic life, from the every

Paperback, 173 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Kyle Cathie Limited (first published December 1991)
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Michael O'Brien
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. It provides great information on the customs, culture, history, language, and arts of this mysterious people of the great deserts. The photos are breathtaking and beautiful, and it was rewarding getting a glimpse of the lives of the Bedouin that dispel the ignorant stereotypes in the West about them. I truly don't think that one can really fully understand Arab culture without having some understanding of its Bedouin roots. For many Arabs, I think that the Bedu hold ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very approachable book with informative text and great accompanying photos. Keohane mixes his first-hand experiences with the Bedu and information gathered from other reading (bibliography provided). Blessedly brief coverage of all aspects of Bedu life from the large scale to the small: culture, craft, poetry, social lives, geography, etc.
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