Many Bedouins still live in the desert lands of Saudi Arabia under the sky and the stars, although their numbers have dwindled significantly due to modernization, population growth, and other factors such as severe drought. On the drive from Jeddah to Makkah, I saw dozens of tents like these, out in the middle of nowhere. Many are equipped with generators, air conditioning, and even satellite dishes. Herding animals, like camels, goats, or sheep, is the way many Bedouins make their living. Bedouins are very much a tribal society based strongly on family units. There’s a famous Bedouin saying which goes, “I and my brothers against my cousins; I and my brothers and my cousins against the world.”
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