97. Culture Change in a Bedouin Tribe: The 'arab al-Ḥǧerāt, Lower Galilee, A.D. 1790-1977

Author(s): Rohn Eloul


This richly documented volume reconstructs the growth of the 'arab al-Ḥǧerāt of the Galilee against the historical dynamics of this complex region from some five herding households at the end of the Ottoman eighteenth century into a thriving sedentary tribe of regional importance toward the Israeli end of the twentieth century. By comparing Hgeri oral tradition against available literary and other data sources, Rohn Eloul succeeds in following the mechanisms that governed the changing culture of the Ḥǧerāt from caprine and bovine herders to agriculturalists, wage earners, and entrepreneurs. While the thrust of analysis focuses on the Ḥǧerāt as a bedouin tribe, insights of related theoretical considerations ranging from culture/power brokership to other mechanisms of culture change are expounded.

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Publication Information:

Publisher: Museum of Anthropology

Year of Publication: 2010

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

# of Pages: 344

Additional Information:

Price: $30

ISBN: 978-0-915703-73-9

Monograph Series / Number: Anthropological Papers, 97

Tables / Illustrations: 31 tables, 17 illustr.

Notes, Comments, Reviews:

"Eloul's work is holistic, one of the richest and finest all-covering descriptions of a Bedouin tribe to be found in Middle Eastern anthropological writings." Israel Studies  2012
"Eloul presents us with a fascinating history of the Galilee over the past two hundred years." Journal of Political Ecology  2011