The Arab of the Desert

The Arab of the Desert : A Glimpse into Badawin Life in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia

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H.R.P. Dickson had the good fortune to spend many years among the Badawin, living and travelling with them as one of them in their own tents. In this book, first published in 1949, the author uses his great experience and knowledge to reveal all aspects of the lives of the nomadic desert Arabs, from social systems to marriage and children, from faith to food, sandstorms, warfare and hunting. The Arab of the Desert is truly a wealth of information, informed by personal insight and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 732 pages
  • 160.02 x 238.76 x 45.72mm | 1,133.98g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1138845744
  • 9781138845749

Table of contents

1. My Life in the Desert 2. Autumn Stirrings 3. Nomad Life 4. The Tent and Its Furnishings 5. Tent Treasures 6. Badawin Social System 7. Arab Honour 8. Marriage and Divorce 9. Women's Secrets 10. Children 11. Faith and Prayer 12. Food and Hospitality 13. Morality 14. Death, Burial and the Hereafter 15. Smoking 16. The 'Id Festivals 17. Arab Greetings 18. The Haj, or Pilgrimage to Mecca 19. Prostitution 20. Seasons and Winds in Kuwait 21. Sandstorms 22. 'Ajman Talks and Tales 23. Story Telling 24. Dreams and their Interpretation 25. Some Proverbs and Sayings 26. Badawin Warfare 27. Desert Guides and Trackers 28. Hawking 29. The Sal qi 30. The Arab Horse 31. Sheep and Goats 32. The Camel 33. Camel Disputes 34. Locusts 35. Wild Birds 36. Wild Animals 37. Boat Building 38. Pearl Diving 39. Slavery 40. Sickness and Disease 41. The Sulubba 42. Crime 43. The Supernatural 44. Curious Customs and Stories 45. The Muntafiq Shepherd Tribesshow more