Culture Change in a Bedouin Tribe: The ‘arab al-Ḥǧerāt, Lower Galilee, A.D. 1790-1977

Rohn Eloul

Against the historical dynamics of this complex region, this richly documented volume reconstructs the growth of the ‘arab al-Ḥǧerāt of the Galilee from some five herding households at the end of the Ottoman eighteenth century into a thriving sedentary tribe of regional importance nearly 200 years later. By comparing Hgeri oral tradition against available literary and other data sources, Rohn Eloul explores the mechanisms that governed the changing culture of the Ḥǧerāt, from caprine and bovine herders to agriculturalists, wage earners, and entrepreneurs. While the analysis focuses on the Ḥǧerāt as a Bedouin tribe, insights of related theoretical considerations are offered, ranging from culture/power brokership to other mechanisms of culture change.

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Publisher: Museum of Anthropology

Year of Publication: 2010

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Pages: 344

Price: $30

Print ISBN: 978-0-915703-73-9

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-949098-75-4

Monograph Series / Number: Anthropological Papers No. 97

Tables / Illustrations: 31 tables, 17 illustrations

Notes, Comments, Reviews:

“Eloul’s work is holistic, one of the richest and finest all-covering descriptions of a Bedouin tribe to be found in Middle Eastern anthropological writings.” Israel Studies 2012
“Eloul presents us with a fascinating history of the Galilee over the past two hundred years.” Journal of Political Ecology 2011

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