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Literature and Violence in North Arabia : Cambridge Studies in Cultural Systems - Michael E. Meeker

Literature and Violence in North Arabia

Cambridge Studies in Cultural Systems

Paperback Published: 9th July 1979
ISBN: 9780521293990
Number Of Pages: 292

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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.

The Epoch of Near-Eastern Pastoral Nomadism in Arabia
The ethnography of Near-Eastern tribal societies
The personal voice and the uncertainty of relationships
The composition of the voice and the popular investment in political adventures
The Narratives of Raiding and Warfare
Cautious and sensible chiefs and the strategic use of aggressive resources
Political authority, the metaphor of scriptural signification and the metaphor of a domestic covering
Rwala monotheism and the wish for authority
The Poems of Raiding and Warfare
Heroic skills and beastly energies
Poetic structure and the pressure of heroic interests
Shadows and echoes of the priority of the concrete
Segmentary Politics and the Cult of Saints in North Africa
The forms of segmentary politics and their relative absence among the North Arabian Bedouins
Political wildness and religious domesticity among the Cyrenaican Bedouins
Narratives of the mystical power of saints in Morocco
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ISBN: 9780521293990
ISBN-10: 0521293995
Series: Cambridge Studies in Cultural Systems
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 9th July 1979
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.43