The result of twenty-five years of research with different tribal groups in the Arabian peninsula, this study focuses on ethnographic descriptions of Arab tribal societies in five regions of the peninsula, with comparative material from others. Having become aware of the depth in time of Arab tribal structures, the authors have developed a view of Arabic tribal discourse where 'tribe' is seen as essentially an identity that confers access to a social structure and its processes.
'This important book is a mine of information for those wanting to know about the people, land and water of a much studied marginal tract in north-east Jordan...The level and texture of observation can only be the result of prolonged intimacy with the region and a sympathy with its peoples and their landscapes. Every reader will find some nugget. - Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies