The understanding of tribes in the contemporary Middle East has undergone significant changes over the past century; at times the tribes have been rendered invisible and at other times they have been important partners in local governance. And although Bedouin tribes have been largely missing from contemporary political discourse, there is convincing evidence that, in fact, they never disappeared; they simply were not officially acknowledged.
Syrian tribes, national politics and the uprising | Dawn Chatty
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12 September 2013
Professor Dawn Chatty writes for Debating Development on Bedouin tribes and the Syrian uprising