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Shifting Sands
Author: Dr. Ruth Westheimer

ISBN: 9781590561140
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 14 February 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.5
Description:
The Bedouin people of Palestine and Israel represent one of the most traditional cultures in that area. Only a generation ago, they were nomads wandering the Nagev Desert on camels, migrating with their herds of sheep and moving households with the seasons. As a polygamous, male-dominated society, women have had little control over the course of their own lives and destiny. This is beginning to change. For millennia, Bedouin culture remained essentially unchanged, until several decades ago when the Israeli government demanded that they leave behind their nomadic ways and settle down in state-sanctioned townships. Adapting to new conditions has brought numerous changes for a population accustomed to freedom in the desert. One such challenge is the result of the Bedouin's increased contact with Western-oriented Israeli society, leading many young women to look beyond the constraints of traditional culture to seek greater independence and equality with men. Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Gil Sedan set out to discover how those changes have affected Bedouin society and to meet the women who have courageously followed their own path. Through personal stories and encounters, SHIFTIN...

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