Merely to inhabit a desert demands much skill, craft, experience and travel. For the numerous nomadic tribes of Africa and the Middle East, living ancestors of the Egyptians, Jews and Arabs, Egypt is their meeting ground. The author, with twenty-five years of accumulated knowledge, here sets out to present analyses of their cultures and beliefs, along with descriptions of each tribe.
First published 1935.
Preface. Introduction. Part 1. 1. The Desert in Ancient Times 2. The Arab Invasion Part 2. 3. The Tribe 4. Life in the Tents 5. Food 6. Domestic Animals 7. The Camel 8. The Chase 9. Raiding and Warfare Part 3. 10. Beliefs 11. Rites and Ceremonies 12. The Law of Blood-Vengeance 13. Laws of the Tent and of Women 14. Legal Procedure Part 4. 15. Arabs of Sinai and the Eastern Desert 16. The Western Bedouin 17. Bedouin Settled in the Nile Valley 18. The Beja 19. Epilogue. Appendix: Western Desert Law. Index.