Social work and traditional healing rituals among the Bedouin of the Negev, Israel Academic Article uri icon


  • Discusses problems with imposing western therapeutic techniques on Bedouin society and describes alternative strategies. Healing rituals are fundamental to the community's cultural canon and are inextricably linked with its strongly Islamic basis of living, and are an unstigmatising and legitimised aspect of its natural helping systems and traditional forms of physical and mental healing. Most Bedouins who are illiterate or not verbally skilled might prefer traditional healing rituals to modern, more discursive counselling techniques. To many they have greater community sanction than western forms of helping.

publication date

  • January 1, 1996