Bedouin Poetry from Sinai and the Negev: Mirror of a Culture

Bedouin Poetry from Sinai and the Negev: Mirror of a Culture

by Clinton Bailey, Baily
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198265476

ISBN-13: 9780198265474

Pub. Date: 01/28/1991

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Like other nonliterate peoples, the Bedouin have a strong oral tradition and use poetry for all forms of communication and entertainment. Based on twenty years of studying the poetry of the Bedouin of Sinai and the Negev, this book presents 115 poems recorded between 1967 and 1985. Bailey arranges the poems according to their content, providing for each an

Overview

Like other nonliterate peoples, the Bedouin have a strong oral tradition and use poetry for all forms of communication and entertainment. Based on twenty years of studying the poetry of the Bedouin of Sinai and the Negev, this book presents 115 poems recorded between 1967 and 1985. Bailey arranges the poems according to their content, providing for each an introduction, a version of the poem in Arabic script and transliteration, and notes on the poem's cultural, linguistic, and historical background.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198265474
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.49(d)

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Table of Contents

Note on Platesxvii
List of Mapsxvii
Notes on the Arabic Textxviii
Introduction1
1.Poems of Expression18
2.Poems of Communication72
3.Poems of Instruction120
4.Poems to Entertain164
5.Episodes in Poetry I: Poems from the War of Zari' al-Huzayyil (1875-1887)253
6.Episodes in Poetry II: Poems Sent from and to the Sinai Smuggler-Poet 'Anez abu Salim during a Prison Term (1962-1970)288
7.Poems on the Margin of Historic Events (1882-1982)341
8.Composing Bedouin Poetry: Art and Technique381
9.Perspective on Bedouin Poetry: A Cultural Document for the Ages406
Glossary of Bedouin Words and Usages430
Bibliography458
Index of Subjects463
Index of Arabic Names and Tribal Groups470

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