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The Transformation of Nomadic Society in the Arab East

The Transformation of Nomadic Society in the Arab East

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Martha Mundy, Basim Musallam, Paul Sanlaville, Jacques Cauvin, A. V. G. Betts, K. W. Russell, Norman Lewis, J. C. Wilkinson, Christian Velud, Ugo Fabietti, Tariq Tall, Ronald Jaubert, Sulayman N. Khalaf, Francoise Métral, Donald P. Cole, Soraya Altorki, Jorg Janzen, M. J. Jones, T. T. Treacher, Riccardo Bocco
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  • Date Published: November 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521770576

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  • In this 2000 book, Martha Mundy and Basim Musallam bring together an international team of contributors consisting of archaeologists, geographers, historians, anthropologists and agronomists in a penetrating, interdisciplinary account of the transformation of nomadic society. The chapters provide an integrated analysis of the changing relations of ecology, economy and socio-political organisation in the steppes of the central Middle East, documenting the longue-durée of history alongside the more rapid transformations of the twentieth century. A series of maps and figures illustrate the narrative while a bibliographic essay analyses the existing literature. This is an accessible and interactive book which provides a comprehensive overview of a fascinating and complex society. It will attract readers from a variety of disciplines, including those interested in contemporary environmental and development issues.

    • Edited volume from international team of contributors offering multidisciplinary approach to the transformation of nomadic society over a long historical period
    • Integrated and comprehensive approach to the literature on the society and steppes of Arabia and geographical Syria
    • Editors well-known in their respective fields: Mundy an anthropologist/Musallam an historian
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    'This excellent collection of articles on the past and present of nomadic society in the Arab east addresses policies of sedentarization, or the means by which nomads are integrated into their wider national communities … It should become required reading for policy-makers and political leaders, specialists and non-specialists alike.' History

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    • Date Published: November 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521770576
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Martha Mundy and Basim Musallam
    1. Environment and development Paul Sanlaville
    2. The emergence of agriculture, animal husbandry and pastoral Nomadism in the Near East Jacques Cauvin
    3. Prehistoric and historic pastoral strategies in the Syrian Steppe A. V. G. Betts and K. W. Russell
    4. The Syrian Steppe during the last century of Ottoman rule: Hawran and the Palmyrena Norman Lewis
    5. Nomadic territory as a factor in defining Arabia's boundaries J. C. Wilkinson
    6. French Mandate policy in the Syrian Steppe Christian Velud
    7. State politics and Beduin adaptations in Saudi Arabia, 1900–80 Ugo Fabietti
    8. The politics of rural policy in East Jordan, 1920–89 Tariq Tall
    9. Government policy and protective systems in the arid regions of Syria since the 1930s Ronald Jaubert
    10. Shaykhs, peasants and party comrades: political change in Northern Syria Sulayman N. Khalaf
    11. The extension of sheep-rearing and agriculture in the Syrian Steppe Francoise Métral
    12. Production and trade in North Central Arabia: change and development in 'Unayzah Donald P. Cole and Soraya Altorki
    13. The destruction of resources among the mountain Nomads of Dhofar Jorg Janzen
    14. Strategies for the improvement of the cultivated zone M. J. Jones
    15. Linkages between livestock and agricultural systems in Syria T. T. Treacher
    16. International organisations and the settlement of Nomads in the Arab Middle East, 1950–90 Riccardo Bocco
    A Bibliographic note: social science and Beduin societies in the Arabian Peninsula and the Near East Riccardo Bocco
    Bibliography.

  • Editors

    Martha Mundy, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Basim Musallam, University of Cambridge

    Contributors

    Martha Mundy, Basim Musallam, Paul Sanlaville, Jacques Cauvin, A. V. G. Betts, K. W. Russell, Norman Lewis, J. C. Wilkinson, Christian Velud, Ugo Fabietti, Tariq Tall, Ronald Jaubert, Sulayman N. Khalaf, Francoise Métral, Donald P. Cole, Soraya Altorki, Jorg Janzen, M. J. Jones, T. T. Treacher, Riccardo Bocco

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