The Nomadic Life: The Bedouin
Bedouin tribes have traditionally been classified according to the animal species that are the basis of their livelihood. Camel nomads occupy huge territories and are organised into large tribes in the Sahara, Syrian, and Arabian deserts. Sheep and goat nomads have smaller ranges, staying mainly near the cultivated regions of Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. Cattle nomads are found chiefly in South Arabia and in Sudan, where they are called Baqqārah also known as Baggara.
In the Arabic language 'bedu' refers to one who lives out in the open, in the desert and the word ‘badawiyin', of which the English word Bedouin is derived from, means desert dweller. In ancient times people settled mostly near rivers but Bedouin people preferred to live in the open desert. Bedouins built fires at night to keep warm. Bedouins would set up their camps near a water source, usually a well. Only tribes that own the well are allowed to draw water from it. You can still find Bedouins who set up their tents in the desert 40 miles from the nearest water source.
Although a few Bedouin societies in general have remained Christian since the early Islamic period, the vast majority of Bedouin are Sunni Muslims. The Five Pillars of Islam are the declaration of faith, the five daily ritual prayers, almsgiving, fasting, and the pilgrimage to Mecca. Bedouin are recognizable by their lifestyle, language, social structure and culture. They have different facial features then other Egyptians and dress differently.
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