Aiming to capture in detail the nomadic Bedouin lifestyle, Alan Keohane provides a photographic portrait of a people struggling to maintain their age-old bonds with desert and tradition in the face of the encroaching demands of the 20th century.


ornate tent dividers and weavings of the Kuwait desert.

Veiled Sentiments

Lila Abu-Lughod lived with a community of Bedouins in the Western Desert of Egypt for nearly two years, studying gender relations and the oral lyric poetry through which women and young men express personal feelings. The poems are haunting, the evocation of emotional life vivid. But her analysis also reveals how deeply implicated poetry and …

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The Arab of the Desert

The author was born in Beiru. He began collecting material for this book in 1929 and finished research for it in 1936. He was interested in providing information about the customs and people of Kuwait.

Arabia Deserta

A travel book by Charles Montagu Doughty (1843–1926), an English poet, writer, and traveller. Doughty had travelled in the Middle East and spent some time living with the Bedouins during the 1870s. Rory Stewart describes the book as “a unique chronicle of a piece of history that has been lost”.