|In many respects these are the descendants of Abraham and Ishmael, living in tents just as he did nearly 4000 years ago. How shall they hear without a preacher?|
|The Arabic word ‘Badawiyin’ is a generic name for a desert-dweller and the English word ‘Bedouin’ is derived from this. Bedouins are distinct from other Arabs because of their extensive kinship networks, which provide them with community support and the basic necessities for survival. Such networks have traditionally served to ensure safety of families and to protect their property. Only a few Bedouins live as their forefathers did in camel and goat hair tents, raising livestock, hunting, and raiding, and their numbers are decreasing. Traditionally a woman’s face was hidden behind a highly decorated ‘burqa’ah’, but this is now only seen with the older generation. Prayer is an integral part of Bedouin life. As there are no formal mosques in the desert, they pray where they are, facing the Ka’aba in Mecca and performing ritual washing, preferably with water but if not available they ‘wash’ with sand instead.
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