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The Bedouin (also Bedouins) are a part of a predominantly desert-dwelling Arabian ethnic group traditionally divided into tribes, or clans, known in Arabic as ʿashāʾir (عَشَائِر).


The Bedouin form a part of, but are not synonymous with, the modern concept of the Arabs. Bedouins have been referred to by various names throughout history, including Qedarites in the Old Testament and "arab" by the Assyrians (ar-ba-a-a being a nisba of the noun arab, a name still used for Bedouins today).


While most Bedouins have abandoned their nomadic and tribal traditions for modern urban lifestyle, they retain traditional Bedouin culture with concepts of belonging to ʿašāʾir, traditional music, poetry, dances (like Saas), and many other cultural practices. Urbanised Bedouins also traditionally organise cultural festivals, usually held several times a year, in which they gather with other Bedouins to partake in, and learn about, various Bedouin traditions - from poetry recitation and traditional sword dances, to classes teaching traditional tent knitting and playing traditional Bedouin musical instruments. Traditions like camel riding and camping in the deserts are also popular leisure activities for urbanised Bedouins who live within close proximity to deserts or other wilderness areas.

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LA GRANDE -- Foreign Film Friday for adults is the second Friday of the month, September through May, at 7 p.m. at Cook Memorial Library in La Grande. The film for April 13 is "Theeb" from Jordan. Set in 1916 Arabia, the movie follows a Bedouin boy's treacherous journey across the desert. The film is ...
The residents of the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the south have signed an agreement to relocate to a community adjacent to the Bedouin town of Hura, where they are to receive about 90 plots of land on which to build homes, and compensation for the ones they are leaving. Details ...
Inside a school in the Bedouin valley of Khan al Ahmar near Jerusalem. (TRTWorld). Al Khan al Ahmar is a valley between Jerusalem and Jericho, and home to several thousand Bedouin. Like most Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, they live under Israeli civilian and military rule. Israelis accuse ...
AMMAN -- A series of photographs taken inside the desert of Wadi Rum provides the local audience with an intimate insight into the life of Bedouin men, ... "People tend to perceive home as a closed material place, but the bedouins have made this wide, natural desert their home, in a very unique way," ...

Historically, Egypt has had an uneasy relationship with the nomadic Bedouins of the Sinai Peninsula. The Mamluk Dynasty, which ruled from 1250 to 1517, expelled them from its territories and into northern Sudan, fed up with their resistance to authority and their collaboration with the Crusaders.
... the Bedouins coexisted peacefully with Israeli rule from the time of the Six-Day War in 1967 to the implementation of the Camp David Accords in 1982. Unless the Egyptian government follows through on its promises to develop the northern Sinai, the area's Bedouin population will continue to depend on ...
The Sinai Peninsula, home to several Bedouin tribes, is a historically neglected and poor part of Egypt. Since Mubarak's era, the region has been a comparatively lawless place where it was easy for militant groups to operate. The bad situation there has become exponentially worse when Sisi rose to power ...
The number of illegal structures demolished last year in Bedouin communities nearly doubled over 2016, with over 70 percent of them dismantled by the owners themselves under threat of heavy financial penalties. According to the Public Security Ministry, in 2017 there were 2,220 structures demolished ...
Over the past week, Israeli police have been patrolling the village, although police say preparations for evacuation have yet to commence. According to Haaretz, head of the Bedouin resettlement authority, Yair Maayan, says all the structures un the villages, including one used for prayer, will be demolished.
In recent years the authorities have tried to reach an evacuation agreement with all the village's residents, who will have to move to the nearby Bedouin town of Hura. A number of solutions were proposed, including a move to a temporary site for a few years until a new neighborhood could be built for them ...
“Dogs along with the falcons used to play a crucial part in the lives of the ancient Bedouins. Salukis would help guard the Bedouin's possessions and for shepherds they would help in controlling the herds and on top of all that they were magnificent hunters. They used to be the perfect companions of the ...
In 1984, Jordan's King Hussein invited British climbers Howard, Taylor, Baker, and Shaw to explore Jordan's largest valley Wadi Rum -- sometimes referred to as the Valley of the Moon or Valley of Sand -- with the hopes of unlocking its potential to boost tourism. Wadi Rum became a coveted destination for ...
The North Sinai is populated mostly by Bedouin tribes that have a long history of marginalization in Egyptian society. They are not considered truly “Egyptian” by the bulk of the population that lives along the Nile. As the “other” in Egypt, the Bedouin have received a smaller share of government resources ...
Jewish National Fund (JNF-USA) partnered several years ago with Project Wadi Attir to expand its reach in the Bedouin community and positively impact the lives of all Bedouins, particularly women, by offering increased opportunities. Wadi Attir was founded 10 years ago in conjunction with the Bedouin ...
Khirbet Ibizig is comprised Bedouins seeking pasture and water. The number of Bedouins living in the village is more than 256, including 16 families living in the area permanently, and the rest are mobile families in search of water and pastures. It is subjected to continuous raids by the Israeli occupation ...

KUWAIT: Father Emmanuel Gharib poses for a photo in the aisle of the National Evangelical Church in Kuwait City on Feb 20, 2018. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat. KUWAIT: Dressed in a traditional white Gulf headdress and with two red crosses embroidered on his black clerical robe, Kuwait's first ...
Exactly 80 years ago, in March of 1938, a Saudi Bedouin named Khamis bin Rimthan helped an American petroleum geologist to find the kingdom's first oil well, known as 'Dammam No. 7'. Max Steineke is largely credited for making the first discovery of oil in commercial quantities in Saudi Arabia.
Preschool children in the Naqab Bedouin village of Al-Sira prepare to board a school bus during the brief period between March and June 2017 when the Education Ministry provided school transportation. (Photo by Khalil Al-Amor). Israeli authorities have twice violated a court decision to provide school ...
Each one of the company's rugs, pillows and home accessories is hand-crocheted by Bedouin women from their own homes, providing them with meaningful work and an independent source of income. Bedouins are an Arab Israeli subgroup, mainly in the south, with their own distinct culture and social ...
Aalia Abu Rabia from the Negev Bedouin village of Darijat interprets it to mean, “Women will always be inferior to men.” Abu Rabia is one of the 24 strong and educated Bedouin women who are trying to change this opinion. She and her colleagues completed a six-month program last December that aims ...
It argued that, if fully implemented, “it will result in the destruction of 46 'unrecognised' Arab Bedouin villages, the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel and the dispossession of their historical lands in the Naqab.” Israel claimed the plan would provide the Bedouins with ...
On their Facebook pages they recall that “The part paid by the Sinai Bedouin during the October War [the Yom Kippur War] was no less than that of the Egyptian military forces.” And an announcement by the Committee to Protect El Arish condemned Sissi's threats. “A-Sissi's declarations are not just a clear ...
Clusters of grey one-storey concrete homes with corrugated iron roofs spread across a flat, rocky expanse. What lies under the village soil, however, could be the undoing of the thousands of Bedouin Arabs who live here. The land, in the Negev desert in southern Israel, is earmarked for a phosphate mine.
For the second straight year, Bedouin will curate a diverse selection of DJs to join them to guide the dancefloor at Heart Ibiza, which recently underwent major upgrades to the sound system and production. The team behind the event have promised a "sensory audio-visual experience that truly ... Saga
The number of structures demolished in Bedouin Palestinian communities in Israel nearly doubled in 2017, compared to the previous year, according to a report in Haaretz. Official government data for 2017 revealed that 2,220 structures were demolished overall, compared to 1,158 in 2016. More than 70 ... Saga
The number of structures demolished in Bedouin Palestinian communities in Israel nearly doubled in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to a report in Haaretz. Official government data for 2017 revealed that 2,220 structures were demolished overall, compared to 1,158 in 2016. More than 70 ... Saga
The number of structures demolished in Bedouin Palestinian communities in Israel nearly doubled in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to a report in Haaretz. Official government data for 2017 revealed that 2,220 structures were demolished overall, compared to 1,158 in 2016. More than 70 ... Saga
Father Emmanuel Benjamin Jacob Gharib, Chairman of the National Evangelical Church of Kuwait and Pastor of the Kuwaiti Presbyterian Church, poses for a photo in the aisle of the National Evangelical Church in Kuwait City on February 20, 2018. (AFP). Father Emmanuel Benjamin Jacob Gharib, ... Saga
As a consequence, nearly all the lands previously held by the Negev Bedouins were nationalized to the Israeli State. This was accomplished through a series of legal procedures. Thus the Bedouin's lands became “empty” and open for Jewish settlement and the Bedouin became trespassers on their own ... Saga
Historically, Bedouins lived a nomadic lifestyle, and many still herd livestock. The women traditionally tend to the house and children, resulting in high unemployment and poverty. A 2015 survey showed the employment rate among Bedouin women was just 22 percent, compared to 32% for all Arab women. Saga
Aalia Abu Rabia from the Negev Bedouin village of Darijat interprets it to mean, “Women will always be inferior to men.” Abu Rabia is one of the 24 strong and educated Bedouin women who are trying to change this opinion. She and her colleagues completed a six-month program last December that aims ... Saga
It argued that, if fully implemented, “it will result in the destruction of 46 'unrecognised' Arab Bedouin villages, the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel and the dispossession of their historical lands in the Naqab.” Israel claimed the plan would provide the Bedouins with ... Saga
Jamaica's Tmrw.Tday Culture Fest is back for a second edition running 1st through 6th May with a mixture of artists such as Bedouin, Audiofly, Wolf+Lamb and many more. The second wave of the line-up also includes Kabaka, Beenie Man, Chris Blackwell, and Lonely C (Soul Cap). Set along the stunning ... Saga
Two men from a Bedouin town in southern Israel were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly keeping their 31-year-old sister chained up at home. Police officers had come to their house in Lakiya, the northern Negev, to carry out a search unrelated to the woman, but found her there with a metal chain ... Saga
Israeli authorities are being urged to repair an “often impassable” school access road in a Bedouin village in the country's southern Negev region. According to legal rights group Adalah, the access road that leads to schools in the Bedouin village of Al-Fur'a is narrow, “pothole-riddled” and “often ... Saga
Thanks to a nongovernmental organization operating in Sinai, more Bedouin women living in the remote city of Bir Al Abd are being provided with opportunities to earn money and raise their income through such things as being taught traditional wool-weaving techniques. Most of them lack traditional ... Saga
Clusters of grey one-storey concrete homes with corrugated iron roofs spread across a flat, rocky expanse. What lies under the village soil, however, could be the undoing of the thousands of Bedouin Arabs who live here. The land, in the Negev desert in southern Israel, is earmarked for a phosphate mine. Saga
The Justice Ministry department for investigating police misconduct does not think the incident in which a resident of the unrecognized Bedouin Negev village of Umm al-Hiran, Yakub Abu al-Kiyan, ran over and killed a police officer in January 2017 was a terrorist attack, says a source in law enforcement ... Saga
First- to sixth-graders from the Bedouin community of Al Muntar have received a three-week reprieve. During this time, they'll be able to study without fear that bulldozers could show up at any moment and raze their West Bank school to the ground, turning it into a pile of bricks and timber. The reprieve – an ... Saga
Israeli forces on Sunday demolished two classes in a Bedouin school near occupied East Jerusalem. Local residents said Israeli forces, backed by a helicopter, brought down the two classes inside the school in the Abu al-Nawwar Bedouin community, which is hemmed in on all sides by Israel's Maale ... Saga
The Tire School – which has been operating in the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar for eight years – and the newer and lesser known school in Al Muntar point to changes occurring in Bedouin society. Parents want their children to study as much as possible, and to learn more than they did in their ... Saga
Way down below, camels with tasselled bridles emit rumbling, dinosaur like roars while being led by robed bedouin tribesmen whose eyes are rimmed in jet-black kohl liner. Other indigenous bedouins, headscarves atop their flowing ringlets, strangely resemble Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow as they trot on ... Saga
Bedouin Boy Wounded by Stray Bullet at IDF Firing Range Is Transferred to Israeli Hospital. Yasser ... The boy's family lives in a Bedouin encampment that was set up without the permission of the Israeli authorities, in the middle of an army firing zone near a Kfir Brigade training base in the Jordan Valley. Saga
Two of these tribes, the Jebeleya and Muzeina, are members of the Towara, a traditional alliance of eight territory-holding South Sinai tribes, but the Tarabin also have land in the region that the Bedouin regard as South Sinai. (The natural border of the Tih Plateau, which Bedouin see as the line between ... Saga
Israeli occupation bulldozers on Wednesday morning demolished the village of Al-Araqib in the Negev desert for the 124th time. Despite the cold weather, Israeli authorities demolished the tents of the families in the village, leaving them in the open. Israeli authorities are trying to displace the Palestinian ... Saga
Israeli occupation bulldozers on Wednesday morning demolished the village of Al-Araqib in the Negev desert for the 124th time. Despite the cold weather, Israeli authorities demolished the tents of the families in the village, leaving them in the open. Israeli authorities are trying to displace the Palestinian ... Saga
Yasser Abu Aram, 3, was shot in the head while sleeping on the night of January 8. Abu Aram, who lives in a Bedouin encampment in the midst of an Israeli army firing zone in the northern Jordan Valley of the West Bank, started to bleed from his head. The bullet entered the top of his head and penetrated ... Saga
That tendency is probably what linked him to Bastakiya Tapes—the first three vinyl releases on the Bedouin Records sub-label all featured breakbeats of some kind. "Untitled 01" is a hard stepper of dirty dancehall fuzz. Distortion touches every element, from the percussion hits to the squelchy bass and ... Saga


 

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