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Understanding the Bedouin culture of Egypt

By John Reality, Cambodia, February 2013

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Understanding the Bedouin of Egypt is an integral part of understanding this historic culture. Mostly living in Sinai, they are easily distinguished by their desert lifestyle, adorned heavily with robes from head to toe. Indeed, it is their nomadic lifestyle that makes them different from your average Egyptian.

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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