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Producing (Tribal) History: Gendered Representations of Genealogy and Warfare in Northern Syria

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Based on ethnographic fieldwork and readings of local publications, this article explores the multifaceted production of tribal history in northern Syria. Focussing on the representations of genealogy and warfare, it traces how historiography is used to re-order representations of social and political relations in the area. The article explores the gendered aspects of tribal history making, suggesting that standard perceptions of this field as an exclusively male domain need to be revised. Finally, the article explores how and to what ends history as a particular mode of knowledge is constructed in the emergent genre of tribal historiography.
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Keywords: Bedouin; ethnography; oral and written history; representations of genealogy; tribal history

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2014

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  • Nomadic Peoples is an international journal published by the White Horse Press for the Commission on Nomadic Peoples, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Its primary concerns are the current circumstances of all nomadic peoples around the world and their prospects. Its readership includes all those interested in nomadic peoples, scholars, researchers, planners and project administrators.
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