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Bedouin Life

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Abstract

Corresponding to the twofold nature of the land, the inhabitants of Arabia fall into two main groups: nomadic Bedouins nomad and settled folk. The line of demarcation between the wandering and the sedentary elements in the population is not always sharply drawn. There are stages of semi-nomadism and of quasi-urbanity. Certain townsfolk who were at one time Bedouin still betray their nomadic origin, while other Bedouins are townspeople in the making. The blood of the settled population is thus constantly refreshed by a nomadic strain.

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Notes

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© Philip K. Hitti 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Princeton UniversityUSA

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