The etymological meaning of ‘bedouin’

Article author: FUNCI

Date of publication of the article: 02/02/2013

Year of publication: 2013


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The word Bedouin (bedw) is referred to the habitants of Badia (al-badia), a place where it is possible to practice the nomad shepherding. This word can be translated it as” desert” (as a guidance only). Al-badia is an idea containing a meaning related to a more ecologic and human nature than a geological or geographic concept.

In fact, its definition tells us a place where Bedouins keep a certain way of life, which consists of the adaptation to an extreme ecological niche. The desert–like area of the Syrian territory is a combination between deserts and steppes, exactly in the area where the Bedouins, shepherds of camels, goats and sheep’s, live.