James P. Mandaville's Bedouin Ethnobotany: Plant Concepts and Uses in a Desert PDF

By James P. Mandaville

ISBN-10: 0816529000

ISBN-13: 9780816529001

A Bedouin asking a fellow tribesman approximately grazing stipulations in different elements of the rustic says first easily, “Fih hayah?” or “Is there life?” A desolate tract Arab’s wisdom of the sparse plants is tied on to his existence and livelihood.

Bedouin Ethnobotany bargains the 1st certain examine of plant makes use of one of the Najdi Arabic–speaking tribal peoples of japanese Saudi Arabia. It additionally makes an important contribution to the bigger venture of ethnobotany by means of describing facets of a nomadic peoples’ conceptual relationships with the crops in their homeland.

the fashionable theoretical foundation for stories of the folks type and nomenclature of crops was once constructed from debts of peoples who have been small-scale agriculturists and, to a lesser volume, hunter-gatherers. This e-book fills an enormous hole by means of extending such learn into the area of the nomadic pastoralist and exploring the level to which those styles are legitimate for an additional significant subsistence style. James P. Mandaville, an Arabic speaker who lived in Saudi Arabia for a few years, focuses first at the function of crops in Bedouin existence, explaining their makes use of for cattle forage, firewood, medicinals, foodstuff, and dyestuffs, and analyzing different sensible reasons. He then explicates the conceptual and linguistic features of his topic, employing the speculation built via Brent Berlin and others to a formerly unstudied inhabitants. Mandaville additionally seems on the lengthy heritage of Bedouin plant nomenclature, discovering that little or no has replaced one of the names and classifications in approximately 11 centuries.

This quantity contains a CD-ROM that includes greater than 340 colour photographs of the folk, the terrain, and the vast majority of the vegetation pointed out within the textual content in addition to an audio dossier of a standard Bedouin music and its translation and analysis.

a vital quantity for an individual drawn to the interplay among human tradition and vegetation, Bedouin Ethnobotany will stand as a definitive resource for years to come.

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7 Gha�a Shrubland This community (figs. 3) has as its dominant the large gha�a shrub, Haloxylon persicum (Chenopodiaceae), and is found in some deeper sand habitats of the southern coastal lowlands and the northern Rub‘ al-Khali. Gha�a is the largest of our saltbushes, sometimes exceeding man height, and is found in sand terrain less stable than that supporting rimth, Haloxylon salicornicum. It may form islands in rimth country, and in the Rub‘ al-Khali it may border hadh shrubland (described in the  t h e la n d next section).

Some are also skilled raconteurs of the salfah, a genre of historical narrative describing famous events and personages of the past (Ingham 1997, 144–69). ” Bedouins have sometimes been described as being lax in the observance of Islamic religious obligations. This may well have been the situation in some parts of the peninsula in not-so-distant times. Alois Musil, for example, in his meticulous and extensive ethnographic description of the Ruwalah of the period from 1908 to 1915, has no chapter or section on and few references to religion in the orthodox sense, although he devotes two chapters to the supernatural and the spirit world (Musil 1928a).

I have suggested in earlier work (Mandaville 1984, 1990) that the entire southern half of the peninsula can be assigned to a Sudanian (corresponding to the Nubo-Sindian) province on the basis of contracted occurrences of Acacia (except in the Rub‘ al-Khali). These occurrences, however, might also be treated as relicts or intrusives in Saharo-Arabian territory. t h e la n d  The assignment of the gulf coastal zone of the study area to the NuboSindian province is based on the occurrence there of communities led by Nubo-Sindian species such as Panicum turgidum (fig.

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