Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside Literature and Violence in North Arabia

Literature and Violence in North Arabia

Part of Cambridge Studies in Cultural Systems

  • Date Published: May 1979
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521293990


Add to wishlist

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Among the Bedouins of North Arabia, accounts of intertribal conflicts were the focus of ceremonial oral performances. In this study, Michael Meeker examines the relationship between these oral performances of the Bedouins and their way of life and poses questions about these performances which raise important issues in the fields of Orientalism and anthropology. This book, first published in 1979, challenges the tendency of historians to neglect the relationship between conditions in the literate urban centers and those in the hinterlands. As he discusses the intersection of art and life among the Bedouins, Meeker is able to show how the place of pastoral nomadism in Near-Eastern history has a bearing on many of the problems that have concerned Orientalists.

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1979
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521293990
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Epoch of Near-Eastern Pastoral Nomadism in Arabia:
    1. The ethnography of Near-Eastern tribal societies
    2. The personal voice and the uncertainty of relationships
    3. The composition of the voice and the popular investment in political adventures
    Part II. The Narratives of Raiding and Warfare:
    4. Cautious and sensible chiefs and the strategic use of aggressive resources
    5. Political authority, the metaphor of scriptural signification and the metaphor of a domestic covering
    6. Rwala monotheism and the wish for authority
    Part III. The Poems of Raiding and Warfare:
    7. Heroic skills and beastly energies
    8. Poetic structure and the pressure of heroic interests
    9. Shadows and echoes of the priority of the concrete
    Part IV. Segmentary Politics and the Cult of Saints in North Africa:
    10. The forms of segmentary politics and their relative absence among the North Arabian Bedouins
    11. Political wildness and religious domesticity among the Cyrenaican Bedouins
    12. Narratives of the mystical power of saints in Morocco

  • Author

    Michael E. Meeker

Related Books

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.