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Gideon M. Kressel, Sasson Bar-Zvi, and Aref Abu-Rabia

Human beliefs in resurrection and life after death, based on lasting exchanges between earth and heaven that prevail in human societies ubiquitously, are presented here and analysed with regard to the customs and rituals of the Negev Bedouin. The article looks at patterns of the mourning process and the different social functions and outcomes of that process. The influence of mystics and the Bedouin's views on death are discussed. Pre-Islamic burial practices and grave visits that reflect both legend and tradition are shown to be on the verge of change as they collide with proper Islam and modernity.

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Badal Marriages among the Negev Bedouin

'Urf, Shar'ia and State Law

Gideon M. Kressel and Khalil Abu-Rabi'a

The practice of men swapping daughters for wives or nieces as daughters-in-law is evident among the Bedouin. Although this pattern has its roots in ancient Arab culture and is a unique exception to theories of exchange marriage (EM), there is little reference to the circumstances of its occurrence in the anthropological literature. This article reviews the background of and suggests explanations for this practice. EM is shown to be a strategy that largely serves the desire for upward mobility of small and hence lowly graded groups of agnates. The article demonstrates how EM operates in an olden 'urfi setting, dominated by patrilineages, while shar'i courts tend to oppose it. We argue that, although it entails structural implications, this behavioural pattern does not have a structural end.

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Huub de Jonge, Tomasz Płonka, Reginald Byron, Longina Jakubowska, Cindy Horst, Han ten Brummelhuis, and Jeremy Boissevain

Albert Schrauwers, Colonial ‘reformation’ in the highlands of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, 1892–1995

Chris Gosden, Anthropology and archaeology: a changing relationship

Jane Nadel-Klein, Fishing for heritage: modernity and loss along the Scottish coast

’Aref Abu-Rabi’a, Bedouin century: education and development among the Negev Bedouin in the twentieth century

Marc Sommers, Fear in Bongoland: Burundi refugees in urban Tanzania

Richard Parker, Beneath the Equator: cultures of desire, male homosexuality, and emerging gay communities in Brazil

Klaus Eder and Maria Kousis (eds.), Environmental politics in Southern Europe: actors, institutions and discourses in a Europeanizing society

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Yoram Peri and Paul L. Scham

wide variety of subjects, including Israeli-African relations (reviewed by Naomi Chazan), the rights of Negev Bedouin (reviewed by Morad Elsana), and conversion in Israel (reviewed by Ian Lustick), among others. We hope you find this issue enjoyable and

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Kobi Peled, Thomas Mitchell, Kenneth Waltzer, Brent E. Sasley, Hillel Cohen, and Laura Zittrain Eisenberg

Gideon M. Kressel, Sasson Bar-Zvi, and Aref Abu-Rabi’a , The Charm of Graves: Perceptions of Death and After-Death among the Negev Bedouin (Eastbourne: Sussex Academic Press, 2014), 256 pp., $74.95 (hardback). For several decades, the Bedouin

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Clothing and Colours in Early Islam

Adornment (Aesthetics), Symbolism and Differentiation

Hadas Hirsch

. ( 1999 ), ‘ Linguistic and Ethnographic Observations on the Color Categories of the Negev Bedouin ’, in The Language of Color in the Mediterranean , (ed.) Alexander Borg , ( Stockholm : Almqvist & Iksell International ), 121 – 147 . Brenner , A

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Manijeh Nasrabadi, Maryam Aras, Alexander Djumaev, Sina Zekavat, Mary Elaine Hegland, Rosa Holman, and Amina Tawasil

economic, religious and social life among the Negev Bedouin. While Matthias Battis focused on historicising ethnography in Soviet Tajikistan through archival analysis of Antonina Pisarchik’s (1907–1995) life in Kraków’s Institute of Iranian Studies, Soheila

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Rebranding Desolation

The Allure of Israel’s Desert Landscapes

Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb

:// . Swirski , Shlomo . 2008 . “ Transparent Citizens: Israel Government Policy toward the Negev Bedouins .” Hagar: Studies in Culture, Polity & Identities 8 ( 2 ): 25 – 45 . Tourist Israel . 2017 . “ Mitzpe Ramon