Shifting Sands: The Story of Beduin Women in the Negev

Shifting Sands: The Story of Beduin Women in the Negev

by Ruth K. Westheimer, Gil Sedan
     
 

Dramatic events in the Middle East are frequently in today's headlines. Behind those headlines, a quiet revolution is taking place that may reshape this volatile part of the world in fundamental ways. The Bedouin people of the Negev desert in Palestine and Israel represent one of the most traditional cultures in the Middle East. In this nomadic, polygamous,

Overview

Dramatic events in the Middle East are frequently in today's headlines. Behind those headlines, a quiet revolution is taking place that may reshape this volatile part of the world in fundamental ways. The Bedouin people of the Negev desert in Palestine and Israel represent one of the most traditional cultures in the Middle East. In this nomadic, polygamous, male-dominated society, women have had little control over the course of their own lives and destiny. That is beginning to change.

Many young women are now looking beyond the constraints of traditional culture to seek greater equality. Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer and Gil Sedan met the women who have courageously followed their own path, and discovered how those changes have affected Bedouin society. Through personal stories, Shifting Sands shows how Bedouin men and women have dealt with their changing society and how the clash between modernity and tradition leads to turmoil, as well as to social and individual transformation. The authors also offer glimpses of how this Desert Revolution may change attitudes and interactions among the Arab and Jewish peoples of Israel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590561140
Publisher:
Lantern Books NY
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Pages:
169
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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