THE BEDUIN TRIBES OF THE HULA AND BAYSĀN VALLEYS AT THE END OF OTTOMAN RULE/שבטי הבדווים בעמק החולה ועמק בית-שאן בשלהי השלטון העות'מאני Academic Article uri icon


  • In 1915, two Ottoman officials, Muhammad Rafīq al-Tamīmi, originally from Nāblus, and Muhammad Bahjat from Aleppo, were sent by'Azmi Bey, the Wāli of Bayrūt, to report on the situation in the southern part of the province of Bayrūt, which then included the northern district of Palestine. Their detailed report, Wilāyat Bayrūt al-Qism al-Janubi, 1917, is an enlightening description of the various aspects of the daily life of the local population— especially the Beduin. The article deals with demographic, economic and social aspects of the five Beduin tribes of northern Palestine as reflected in Wilāyat Bayrūt. It attempts to characterize their way of life and to analyze the relationships between them, their surroundings and the Ottoman authorities, as well as the nature and scope of their settlement process.

publication date

  • January 1, 1987