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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198265474
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on Plates xvii
List of Maps xvii
Notes on the Arabic Text xviii
Introduction 1
1. Poems of Expression 18
2. Poems of Communication 72
3. Poems of Instruction 120
4. Poems to Entertain 164
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 Technique 381
9. Perspective on Bedouin Poetry: A Cultural Document for the Ages 406
Glossary of Bedouin Words and Usages 430
Bibliography 458
Index of Subjects 463
Index of Arabic Names and Tribal Groups 470
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