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Was there a “Bedouinization of Arabia”?

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In 1953, Werner Caskel produced a theory which he called “the Bedouinization of Arabia”. In this, he maintained that around AD 100 Arabia was peaceful, dominated by settled states, with some non-tribal nomads who were simply “shepherds near the cities”. He contrasted this with Arabia in the sixth and seventh centuries in which he claimed “the Bedouin form of society and ideo logy prevailed”. The evidence he provided for this false dichotomy consisted of errors, misunderstandings and argumenta...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Oriental Studies Faculty
Publisher:
De Gruyter Publisher's website
Journal:
Der Islam Journal website
Volume:
92
Issue:
1
Pages:
42-84
Publication date:
2015-04-05
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EISSN:
1613-0928
ISSN:
0021-1818
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uuid:4e6e8f79-4b3b-4871-b51b-c73422c2cac4
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600045
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pubs:600045

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