Although the early beginnings of the Bedouin are vast, their characteristically nomadic lifestyle is traced to the late 19th-century, when the Ottoman Empire attempted to force their assimilation into society. Toward the end of their rule, new regulations were put in place to make them register their property with the government, resulting largely in refusals from the Bedouin, who began moving from one place to the next.
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