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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Raswan, Carl Reinhard
Black tents of Arabia
Published By: Original publisher
New York: Creative Age Press. 1947. xvi, 206 p., 14 plates
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Carl R. Raswan
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Rwala Bedouin (MD04)
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Pastoral activities (233);
Domesticated animals (231);
Annual cycle (221);
Tribe and nation (619);
Chief executive (643);
Instigation of war (721);
Arranging a marriage (584);
External relations (648);
Inter-community relations (628);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
The author, a German by birth, spent 22 years off and on
among the Bedouins of Arabia. He recounts in his book his experiences in migrating,
hunting, and raiding with the various tribes, the major part of the book being devoted to
his life with the Rwala. There is a great deal of information on the code of honor and
ethics in dealings between individuals and tribes. There is an account of a drought and the
resulting emigration of the Rwala tribe to Syria in search of pasture. There is also a full
account of a courtship and marriage between two of the author's Arab friends. There is
illuminating material throughout the book on personality types and behavior among the
Bedouins. While most of the material appears is in the Rwala collection, several sections
concerning other tribes have been indexed for the Bedouin collection.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Beverly Calsoyas ; 1955
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Syria and Saudi Arabia
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Bedouins--Arabian Peninsula/Arabian Peninsula--Description and