Photographs taken in the late nineteenth century.
Bedouins (Arabic for “inhabitants of the desert (steppe)”) has spread across North Africa and the Levant, moving from place to place in the harsh deserts of the region. But their primitive homeland is the Arabian Peninsula.
Bedouins traditionally lived by breeding camels and goats, as well as staged random raids or extracted tribute from settlements. In these photos taken in the late 19th century, captured by the Bedouins in times of change. As modern governments expanded their power on the previously uncontrolled sites in the desert, many Bedouin, voluntarily or under compulsion abandoned the nomadic lifestyle, and moved on to semi-nomadic or sedentary.
But even the Bedouins who settled in the cities, still retain the cultural traditions of its people: from weddings in tents to dancing and riding on camels.
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